Motherland – Exile/Refuge – Migration (repeat) exhibition brings together artists who have experience as refugees or seeking asylum; as well as artists exploring past, current, or future exile/refuge experiences as major in their work.
Featuring Artists: Hedar Abadi, Damon AMB, Rohingya Women’s Collective, Sayd Abdali, Jane Theau, Carlos Agamez, Shivanjani Lal, Maher Al Khoury, and others to be announced.
Our understanding of Australia as the so-called ‘immigration-nation’ is a developing concept and a moving beast – politically, economically, philosophically, socially, culturally, personally. It encompasses an infinite and sometimes conflicting understanding depending on our personal and social experiences, depending on our visa status, on the means of transport we used to get here, the language we speak, the stolen land we are living in.
The moving beast is pulled and pushed by different forces. Forces which sometimes are natural but most are man-made: armed conflict, climate change, weapons of mass destruction, political and social unrest. Our understanding of and responses to its shape and direct it.
Motherland – Exile/Refuge – Migration (repeat) asks us to pause for reflection. How does the way you arrived in this country define the way people see you, the way you see yourself? Why did we have to leave our motherland? How can we have a conversation about migration, without acknowledging displacement? And how can we talk about displacement without First Nations people?