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A group exhibition curated by Kate Gorringe-Smith

Exhibition Opening Event: 25 November 2016,6pm-9pm

Exhibition runs from 6pm, 25 November - 3pm, 8 December 2016

Shorebirds link artists in search for sanctuary

From a Home to a Home: A Story of Migration BSG Gallery, Fitzroy, Nov. 25 – Dec. 8, 2016

The search for home unites human and winged travellers in a unique exhibition involving fifteen artists from seven countries.

Through the media of video, paper-cutting, installation, printmaking, animation, sculpture and weaving, the artists of ‘From a Home to a Home: a Story of Migration’ invite members of the public to join them on a journey of migration.

Bound by the experience of finding a lasting sanctuary on Australian shores, the artists were invited to consider their own migrant and refugee stories through the universalising lens of shorebird migration. These creatures also find sanctuary on our shores, but are biologically bound to fly annually the treacherous 25,000 km circuit to and from their arctic breeding grounds. Their flight path (called a ‘Flyway’) links Australia with 22 countries from New Zealand along the coast of Asia to Alaska.

The exhibition seeks both to raise awareness of migratory shorebirds, whose habitat is under threat throughout the Flyway, and to open a window of empathy for the human migrants who come to our shores looking for sanctuary.

Participating artist Minh Phan writes, ‘I was introduced to From a Home to a Home via Multicultural Arts Victoria… I was particularly drawn to the poetry of shorebirds as a metaphor for the exploration of migration. This resonated with my own interest in diaspora and identity, having come to Australia as a seven-year-old Vietnamese boat person. The opportunity to be in a group show with the central theme close to my heart was irresistible.’

Curating artist Kate Gorringe-Smith sees shorebirds as the perfect metaphor for human migration. ‘Like many migrants’, she says, ‘shorebirds respond to the tug of two homes – and are biologically bound to respond to that tug as they fly their annual circuit between north and south. Their journeys link Australia to every Flyway country in the most delicate and ancient way, and it may provide solace to the immigrant to think of these tiny birds, twice annually, passing through the sky above the places they left behind.’

The artists in ‘From a Home to a Home’, from seven of the twenty-three Flyway countries, have made site-specific work for the exhibition in Fitzroy’s BSG (Brunswick Street Gallery). The rambling venue has nine separate spaces spread over three levels. As visitors walk between installations and works they will themselves experience a journey and are, at its end, invited to contribute to a growing public installation that considers the meaning of ‘home’.
The exhibition will be officially opened at 6 pm on Friday November 25 by Jill Morgan AM, CEO of Multicultural Arts Victoria.

Kate Gorringe-Smith (Curating artist), Kyoko Imazu, Nakarin Jaikla, Vicki Kinai, Andrej Kocis, Helen Kocis Edwards, Khue Nguyen, Minh Phan, Ema Shin, En En See, Pamela See, My Le Thi, Pimpisa Tinpalit, Haily Tran, Rebecca Young.

Curator, Kate Gorringe-Smith