Thursday 23 July - Sunday 29 November

Location: Gallery 4

Dreams of Another Life

Artist: Pia Larsen

Dreams of Another Life contemplates the passage of migration – the act of leaving one place to make a new life elsewhere.

The subject M, arrived in Australia as a 17-year-old in 1948 as part of Australia’s Mass Migration Scheme for Europe’s Displaced, post WWII. The work draws from research as well as a personal connection to M who worked for my parents and looked after me as a child. The archival and documentary source material has been manipulated and re-worked using collage, text and colour. Woven through this reappraisal of the historical narrative, and it’s iconography, are M’s unrealised dreams and hopes, suppressed by work and family responsibilities and the times in which she lived.

Acknowledgements: National Archives of Australia; Bruce Pennay, Charles Sturt University; Bonegilla Migrant Experience; M Family Archive.

Watch online video of Dreams of Another Life 

Works are for sale 

Square Image: Pia Larsen, We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil… (detail), 2019. Pigment print and posca pen. Photo by Pia Larsen.

Above Image: Pia Larsen,The Camp’ (Mildura), 2019. Pigment print, collage, ink, and gouache. Photo by Pia Larsen.

Mildura Rural City Council and Mildura Arts Centre

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