AKIRA LE | New Visions, Continued Traditions
A project 4 years in the making, New Visions, Continued Traditions is a contemporary representation of a rich, enduring, and vibrant people.
Although my Hmong Australian community has been in Australia for 40+ years, we have strived to maintain our cultural heritage and traditions to those previously in our homelands of Laos and Thailand. However, as with all things, change is inevitable. In these photographs, I seek to create images of Hmong Australians that are artistic, modern and representative of who we are now.
These photographs are a first for the Hmong Australian community. The Far North Queensland Hmong Youth Society will be releasing a 2020 calendar later this year with additional images from the same series of work.
about the artist
Akira Le is a local Brisbane photographer. Akira was born in 1978 in a refugee camp in Bangkok, before migrating with her family to Australia as part of the second wave of Hmong refugees in the early ‘80s.
Akira has been a professional photographer for 3 years. She is the recipient of a Silver (2015) and Gold (2016) award from the AIPP. The Gold Award was for her series Planet Autism which is a collection of in-camera double exposure images of her eldest autistic son, who’s health at the time was deteriorating due to the onset of schizophrenia. Akira hopes her artwork can assist the promotion of Asian Australians and people with special needs into mainstream media.