Wednesday, September 21, 2016
MIGRATION NATION: ART & THE POLITICS OF DIFFERENCE
How do we see Others and how are Others seeing us?
BREXIT, Trumpism, the rising success of so-called ‘pro-nationalist’ parties across Europe and Pauline Hanson’s resurgence into Australian politics – these events continue to compel us to assess how we view fellow citizens as The Others within.
Our first Debate/Discussion evening is inspired by our inaugural exhibition, Anglo-Indians Sail into White Australia, by Leslie Morgan.Morgan’s work asks us to look at Australia’s migration history, not from the perspective of the happy and grateful migrant, but from the apprehension and fear of difference and change to status quo felt by the already settled.
How can the visual arts docment and comment on our own time? How can visual expression create a starting point for discussion, critique and challenge? How can we express feelings of belonging and exclusion through the visual arts? What can a personal perspective offer us, in the face of mass media saturation?
Join us as we explore the politics of representation and the representation of politics in contemporary arts practice, in media and within the institutions that present them.
Panel: Dr Leslie Morgan, Steven Rhall, Dr Daniella Trimboli, Nur Shkembi, Dr Sara Wills (Chair)
$17 – general audience
$10 – students/Foundling Archive supporters
The Good Room
390A Lygon Street, Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia