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Fostin outside his mum's, Kings Park, Melbourne, 2015

by Nicola Dracoulis

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 Finalist

Fostin arrived in Australia in 2007 from Burundi, East Africa, when his mother found him after ten years of separation, living as a child soldier. A rapper/songwriter, dancer and youth arts worker, he studies Youth Work at Victoria University, and works on community arts projects across Melbourne. A strong sense of family and community, as well as a desire to create something of his own, has led him and three friends to self-fund a record label, on which he is an artist and mentor to younger artists. This portrait forms a series on young Australians of the African diaspora.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

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