A YOUNG BLACK KANGAROO
A Young Black Kangaroo is a project documents people’s lives in Sydney suburb Woolloomooloo. Woolloomooloo is a Harbourside inner-city suburb famous for Finger Wharf, a trendy place with fine dining and hip bars with water views. Meanwhile, Woolloomooloo is also known for its high density of public housing and homeless gathering. Rich and poor are extremely distinctive in this area.
Public housing is one of the most conspicuous social welfare that supports lower incomer to live decently in society. However, the public housing policy in Australia has been changing over the years and the change of policy consequences higher enter threshold and lesser housing stock. The current policy focuses on the people in “great need” — the people who experienced homelessness, mental illness, disability, family violence and alcohol and/or drug dependence, which dramatically changed tenant structure.
In Australia, people quite often looking at public housing residents in an absurd way, however, this project is flipping that perspective on its head and showing the true side to it. It is an exploration of the Woolloomooloo public housing tenant structure and the underlying stories.