Dreams of Another Life

Next date: Monday, 03 August 2020 | 07:00 PM to Sunday, 13 September 2020 | 04:00 PM

Pia Larsen We've golden soil and wealth for toil 2019

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.


  • Thursday, 23 July 2020 | 10:00 AM - Sunday, 13 September 2020 | 04:00 PM


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