Migration in Australia encompasses infinite and sometimes conflicting understanding depending on our personal and social experiences, our visa status, the means of transport we used to get here, and the language we speak.

Motherland – Exile/Refuge – Migration (repeat) asks us to pause and reflect: 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?

The exhibition brings together artists who have experience as refugees or asylum seekers, and artists exploring these themes: Hedar Abadi, Damon Amb, Rohingya Women's Collective, Sayd Abdali, Jane Theau, Carlos Agamez, Shivanjani Lal, Maher Al Khoury and others.

'Migrating' by Hedar Abadi, oil on canvas. Photo by Mohammed Alanezi.
Migrating by Hedar Abadi, oil on canvas. Photo by Mohammed Alanezi.

Curated and produced by Settlement Services International. Presented in partnership with the Australian National Maritime Museum

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 Header image: Trapped Home by Damon Amb