DESPERSIA is an exhibition about identity. Through notions of personal history, cultural memory and the trans-generational impact of migration and diaspora the artists in this exhibition chart tensions within their past and present personal histories. The lived experience becomes a powerful map of memory, as the works on show emphasise the importance of place building, weaving their own stories into a broader social and cultural narrative.
In this exhibition, artistic practice is used as a tool to visually communicate and reveal the importance of personal history in the development of identity. The artists delve deeper into the exhibition’s overarching themes of colonisation, immigration and inter-generational trauma. A visual exploration of place and space is initiated as the works create a dialogue through the intermingling of stories and aesthetics. The diverse collection of works, in their approach to and expression of identity, act as a map of meaning navigating the densities of cultural memory and experience.
All the artists draw from lived experiences, highlighting the importance of building a sense of place and weaving the multiplicity of one’s identity into our wider cultural fabric. Dispersia is an exhibition showcasing a collection of works from artists in the RMIT Masters of Fine Arts program.
Dispersia catalogue and text available here.