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Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021
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Source: Museum Victoria
Identity: yours, mine, ours explores who we are, who others think we are, and what it means to belong and not belong in Australia. The exhibition focuses on how cultural heritage, languages, beliefs, and family connections have, and do, influence our self-perceptions and our perceptions of others. This can lead to discovery, confusion, prejudice and understanding.
Engaging personal stories, intriguing objects, compelling images and interactive multimedia experiences invite visitors to find both expected and unexpected connections with others, as well as challenge the assumptions we make about each other every day.
The exhibition encourages visitors (both in the gallery and online) to share their stories, affirm their identities and celebrate diversity in our community.
This exhibition has offered an exciting opportunity to bring together and creatively interpret a diverse array of material culture that will often be unexpected in the context of the Immigration Museum. Popular culture, racist and anti-racist ephemera, religious and sporting items, Aboriginal historical and contemporary cultural material, and an eclectic mix of artworks are all combined and interpreted to challenge visitors beyond the more conventional narratives of migration. Over 130 objects have been drawn primarily from the Museum's History and Technology collections (including the Migration, Cultural Identity, and Numismatic collections). Community and institutional loans relating to particular personal stories are also included, including those exploring Aboriginal experiences.
An interactive display exploring the theme of First Impressions incorporates a small number of objects which have either symbolic resonance about diverse forms of visible identities or represent personal experiences of family connection and disconnection.
The theme of Belonging draws upon museum and community objects to explore a variety of personal and collective experiences which cross time and culture - both in inter-cultural and cross-cultural ways. This theme is object rich and eclectic and places artefacts together in unexpected ways. Moreover the focus on Creativity within this theme provides the opportunity to present a cornucopia of beautiful often thought-provoking artworks which all explore personal identity in ways unique to the experiences and chosen media of the artists. This case features objects from the Museum's Immigration and Artistic Practice collection while also bringing in new works on loan or purchased by unrepresented communities. Short videos provide further insights into personal and community stories and the related objects, with cultural and faith representation including: Albanian Muslim, Irish, Brazilian, Caribbean, Scottish, Indian Sikh, Wotjobaluk, Naga, Jewish, Vietnamese, Sudanese, Latvian, German, Chinese, Christian Fijian, Greek, Japanese, and Wathaurong.
The final theme of Difference uses objects in very different and often confronting ways. A small number of objects provide material representations of theories and politics of race over time within the context of a strong graphic presentation and text-based historical narrative. These items range from an early magic lantern slide to an anti-racism protest badge. Another section draws on a rich, colourful and very familiar array of objects, including toys, games, clothing, advertising material and product packaging, to explore how popular culture has affected the creation and perpetuation of stereotypes. Some of these items are clearly prejudicial, while other more subtle objects consider the complexities of intention and interpretation according to the different viewpoints of the producer, target and consumer across time.
This is a long-term exhibition and some objects will change over time as new stories are represented and conservation requirements mean that more fragile items are removed from display and exchanged for new ones.
Identity: yours, mine, ours website.
Objects featured in our long term exhibitions are changed over regularly both for preservation reasons and also to maintain a diverse representation of stories, communities and cultures. Both current and past Museum Victoria objects displayed in this exhibition are listed below.
Items per page: 10 50 (showing 71 - 80) 142 items
Program from Peter Scriven's 1958 production of 'Little fella bindi'. The program has a brown cover and a large photograph of the puppet 'Little fella Bindi' holding hands with a possum ...From: Brisbane, Australia Images: 2
Black wooden male figure, with movable arms and legs and a moulded face. It was designed to be jiggled around to simulate dancing. It was produced by Lionel Sterne in his factory in Lei ...From: Carlton, Australia Images: 1
Turban, sparterie shape, draped with shantung fabric. Made by Jean Rooks, Eaglemont. Part of a collection of hats ordered and worn by Lorna Waller (1912-1997), an artist and aesthete. ...From: Eaglemont, Australia Images: 7
Turban style hat covered in draped organza in shades of green and mauve/grey, trimmed with flowers. Made by La Rene, probably in France. Part of a collection of hats ordered and worn b ...Images: 5
Booklet, Der Ahnenpass, which belonged to Othimar Wieser. An Ahnenpass was a standard booklet issued in the Third Reich in Germany. In it people recorded their Ayran ancestry, which the ...From: Innsbruck, Austria Images: 4
Lantern Slide depicting a group of African slaves with a man on horse back with a raised whip in background. It is part of an incomplete set of 40 slides, two are missing, illustrating ...From: London, United Kingdom Images: 1
Printed paper sign 'The Proprietor of this Establishment is British'. The sign was made by Edward V. Brown, Printer and rubber stamp manufacturer, 97 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, circa 1936 ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
Black and white printed pamphlet 'I Stand By White Australia' written by by Arthur A. Calwell, Minister for Immigration. This pamphlet reprint of the article first published by the Melb ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Hat, scarlet, beret-style, sparterie shape. Made by Ann Dalton and May Lancaster, Elsternwick, circa 1980. Used in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1980-1996From: Elsternwick, Australia Images: 6