We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Solomon Kammer The (disabled artist) hustle

oil on canvas

87.6 x 150.2 cm

The subject of Solomon Kammer’s portrait, Jamila Main, is a playwright and actor as well as a disability inclusion consultant and activist who demands equal rights and access for people with disability.

‘Jamila and I have been friends for some time now. Our shared experience as disabled artists, suffering the same diseases, has resulted in a natural friendship that is further enriched with kindred values and a deep understanding of our place in this world,’ says Kammer, a first-time Archibald finalist.

There was an easy silence between the friends during the portrait sitting in Kammer’s studio in Tarndanya/Adelaide, where both are based. ‘We knew what we had endured – and that there’s more pain ahead – but our mutual resilience and respect for one another propelled us to unite so we could shed a light on our endeavour, break barriers and pass through the gates of success in our respective professional fields, despite considerable efforts from society to keep us out.’

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