Stories of the thousands of migrant women who arrived in Tasmania following World War II are now being told in a moving new exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).
Snapshot Photography and Migrant Women: A Tasmanian Experience uses family photographs and audio recordings to chronicle the experiences of migrant women from Britain and Europe who came to Tasmania between 1945 and 1975.
Along with migrant men and children, these women were part of the largest number of free migrants to arrive in such a short period of time in Tasmania.
The exhibition explains how these women made sense of the experience of migration, and expressed their feelings through family photographs.
The women’s stories have been collected by University of Tasmania researcher Dr Nicolá Goc, who used snapshot photographs to assist the women – most of whom are now in their seventies and eighties – in recalling their memories of their migrant experience.
This exhibition is an interactive and immersive experience that recreates the domestic spaces in which women displayed, stored and shared their family photographs.
Also, accompanying the exhibition is a video display in the Argyle Foyer titled Everyone is Human: Stories of Recent Migration, which presents the stories of six migrants who have arrived in the state since 2004.
In this display, visitors can view the stories of refugees fleeing violence and persecution, all of whom now call Tasmania home.
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, as well as Harmony Week in Tasmania, TMAG is hosting a special late night opening event on Friday 18 March.
The museum will be open until 8:30 pm with a range of entertainment provided by local migrant communities, as well as floor talks about the exhibition with Dr Goc and TMAG curator Ian Terry.
Snapshot Photography and Migrant Women is on show at TMAG from Friday 18 March until Sunday 22 May 2016. The exhibition is open from Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
For more information visit the TMAG website: www.tmag.tas.gov.au
Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts