A new identity

16 January, 2011

Val Boa Morte talks about how the Brazilian practice of Capoeira creates a local community of practitioners.
Val Boa Morte talks about how the Brazilian practice of Capoeira creates a local community of practitioners.
Image: Colin Cairnes
Source: Museum Victoria

Question: What is happening now that Station pier exhibition has closed at Immigration Museum? Will there be something to replace it?

Answer: In March an exciting new exhibition will be opening at Immigration Museum in the galleries that previously housed Station pier.

Identity: yours, mine, ours will explore the many facets, such as family, language, culture and religion, that go into making up our identity - how we see ourselves, how others see us and what it means to belong or not belong in Australia.

You can follow the project's development by following the great blog put together by the exhibition team. Since September 2010, they have posted a rich variety of stories that demonstrate the diversity and complexity of the concept of identity in Australia today.

Some of the fascinating posts include: personal reflections by team members on how they perceive their own identity; overviews of community workshops designed to develop themes and content; accounts of those who are sharing their personal stories for the exhibition; and question for the public on how they see certain aspects of identity.

This is a great sneak peek into what goes into making an exhibition and some of the issues surrounding the concept of identity in contemporary Australia.

You can also make your own contribution to the exhibition. See next week's Your Question to find out how!

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