The exhibition Identity: yours, mine, ours at the Immigration Museum attempts to find answers to timeless questions like who we are, who others think we are, and what it means to belong and not belong in Australia.
It offers the viewer an opportunity to reflect on what is means to be part of various communities in the 21st century.
The exhibition focuses on how cultural heritage, languages, beliefs, and family connections have, and do, influence our self-perceptions and our perceptions of others – perceptions that can lead to discovery, confusion, prejudice and understanding.
Engaging personal stories, intriguing objects, compelling images and interactive multimedia experiences invite visitors to find connections with others, as well as challenge the assumptions we make about each other every day.
The exhibition brings together an array of objects to explain popular culture, racist and anti-racist ephemera, religious and sporting items, Aboriginal historical and contemporary cultural material and an eclectic mix of artworks are combined and interpreted creatively to challenge visitors beyond conventional stories of migration.
For example, Kat Clarke’s painted hoodie which depicted her Aboriginal heritage using western Victorian Wergaia language words wek (lives), wurrpa (loves) and murrun (laughs) to express her pride and pleasure in who she is. Other elements like clothing, food, name among others are creatively used to address interpretations of identity.
Visitors are encouraged to share their stories, affirm their identities and celebrate diversity in our community.
400 Flinders St, Melbourne