Welcome by Lynette Wallworth

We have the means via the smallest gesture to include or exclude and to signal whether someone is an outsider or not. We defend invisible territories or we give ground, and all without a word being uttered.Lynette Wallworth

Still shot from Lynette Wallworth's video installation at the Immigration MuseumStill shot from Lynette Wallworth's video installation at the Immigration Museum
Image: Lynette Wallworth
Source: Museum Victoria
The exhibition begins with Welcome – an immersive video installation created by Australian video artist Lynette Wallworth.

Welcome invites you to contemplate what it means to belong, and conversely, what it means to be excluded, via a visceral work that plays powerfully on instinctive human responses.

The life-size scale and impact of this work allow you to experience the subtle (and not so subtle) ways we are accepted and rejected by others.

Have you ever noticed a glance of curiosity or disapproval from a stranger? Or shared a smile of understanding?

How did you respond? What did it make you think about?

To share your response to this experience and Lynette Wallworth's video installation use the Comments Box at the bottom of this page. Selected written responses will be shown on our website.

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Julia Powles 28 April, 2011 14:32
When I was a child I witnessed racism without understanding it. I was 5 and in my first year at a country primary school. There was one Aboriginal student in the school, the adopted son of the white police officer. Each lunch time the older children would form a ring around this boy and chant 'black boy, black boy' to him. I watched from the outside, without any comprehension of what was happening. All I knew was that I didn't want to be in middle of that ring, and that although it looked like a school yard game, It felt like something ugly. Years later, when the Aboriginal boy dropped out of school and drifted away from the town people would say to each other that they couldn't work out just what had gone wrong with him.
Prince Rugonumugabo 9 July, 2011 14:55
racism is not human nature but a choice that some people chooses to exploit and abuse! those people are often lonely and their lives are really boring, they discriminate to make thmeselves feel better. they are nothing but bullies who are ruining the human race. they are bullies who are set people apart. who cares where you from or what you are wear? who cares what you eat or what skin colour you are? we are one. we bleed the same, we feel the same pain when we both hurt. so why treat others like that when we aint different to one another?
vikein mouradian 9 September, 2013 16:21
racism is not as simple as this it is a much more complex process that has at its roots an interaction between other people and institutions. RACISM is not merely an ideology but a PROCESS an action which AFFECTS one's very existence and everyday life.
Deepani999 13 September, 2013 20:10
I belong to human race. I identify myself as another human being who live in this planet.
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