What A Time To Be Alive

What A Time To Be Alive

In her piece, what a time to be alive, Julianna writes from her past, present and future self about the barriers to employment during COVID-19.


Artist Statement:


I  like to use Instagram. I discovered the abilities of sharing quick Instagram stories which act for me like ‘time capsule memories.’ The phone screen becomes like a digital art canvas for my musings, quotes and photography.


In this piece, I went through many numerous emotions in the early period with the COVID19 news and Instagram offered a place to provide an outlet for my distress, especially with the cut of the bulk of my work. While retreating, I was in a reflective place and recalled many flashbacks of my life with grace.


The idea came to me to give a digital letter to my younger self, to remind myself of the changes that go on in life that are outside of my control and to give hope and a reminder that there are alternative options, ways I can still keep my mental, social and financial health in check. In other words: to take it a day at a time and to stay in my lane.

Digital artwork by Julianna, 26 VIC


This piece was a Finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2020, and was originally published by WhyNot?.


The National Youth Commission Australia partnered with the WhyNot platform for the Youth Futures Creative Competition as part of the 2020 Youth Futures Summit.


We wanted to prompt discussions and raise issues around young people and their transition into employment.


As young people, we face many different barriers to employment including age, disability, education, culture & race, employer prejudice or bias, mental health, social isolation and so many more.


Check out all the other finalists from the Youth Futures Creative Competition here.