We Bleed The Same

Liz Deep-Jones In Conversation With Thanush Selvarasa & Mannie Kaur Verma

Research School of Social Sciences Building
The Australian National University

Exhibition Open 9 AM – 5 PM
Live Storytelling 11 AM

Special Guest Appearances 1 30 PM

We Bleed the Same, an innovative photographic exhibition exploring racism and diversity in Australia, supported by the Freilich Project for the Study of Bigotry at the ANU, celebrates live storytelling with the Canberra Writers Festival. The exhibition features photographer Tim Bauer’s portraits of 36 people, including Dunghutti elder Leetona Dungay (whose son died in custody), Stolen Generations survivor Uncle Widdy, refugee Thanush Selvarasa (who spent eight years locked up in immigration detention), and former Socceroos captain and human rights activist Craig Foster AM.

The exhibition is open from 9 AM – 5 PM, with live storytelling from 11 AM and special guest appearances at 1 30 PM by Thanush Selvarasa on 13 August and Mannie Kaur Verma on 14 August. 

Canberra Writers Festival patrons can participate in a live telling of their own migrant/ First Nations story from 11 AM each day, and can have their pictures reflecting and celebrating Australia’s diversity included in the Kizuna Installation by sending them to Exhibition Producer Liz Deep-Jones at


Liz Deep-Jones

Liz Deep-Jones is a journalist, producer and creator of the We Bleed the Same anti-racism exhibition, currently showing at the ANU. Liz was a news and current affairs journalist and on-air presenter for over twenty years at SBS TV. She’s also the author of the Lucy Zeezou children’s book series, published by Random House. Liz has interviewed the likes of the Dalai Lama, the late Nelson Mandela, politicians, Olympians and celebrities. She’s passionate about breaking barriers for a more inclusive and equal society.


Thanush Selvarasa 

A Sri Lankan, Tamil and Hindu refugee, Thanush Selvarasa escaped persecution in his homeland by boat, seeking safety and peace in Australia. Instead, at 23, he was locked up in indefinite offshore detention for nearly eight years. He’s now an outspoken refugee advocate fighting for their rights to permanent residency in Australia. 


Mannie Kaur Verma

Mannie Kaur Verma is an award-winning lawyer, a mother and the Labor candidate for the Rowville district. Through her professional work and advocacy, Mannie seeks to represent modern diversity through voice, agency and leadership.


Tim Bauer

Australia’s leading international photographer, Tim Bauer, photographed the 36 stunning portraits in the We Bleed the Same exhibition, which features incredible Australians from varied backgrounds, races and religions, including a Holocaust survivor, a Stolen Generations survivor, a former AFL Swans star, a former Socceroo, a leading businesswoman, human rights advocates, a Hollywood actor and a rock star.