Kayla, 2017 by Stuart Miller

image of Kayla 2017 by Stuart Miller

Artist's statement

Kayla Doyle is a Murrawarri/Gomeroi woman and one of a growing number of Aboriginal Australians who identify as Muslim. Kayla met her Lebanese-Australian husband Khaled El-Hassan when they were teenagers. Despite being high school sweethearts, Kayla came to Islam independently of her partner, exploring faith, identity and Aboriginality. Kayla stands outside her home in Sydney’s west with her husband, five daughters – Surayah, Selina, Amirah, Ameena and Tasneem – and her father, Aboriginal elder and traditional performer, Uncle Glen Doyle.