Changed forever – Legacies of conflict is a touring exhibition from the Shrine of Remembrance that shares the experiences of individuals swept up in war and its aftermath.
The exhibition explores the impact of global and civil conflict in changing lives and shaping contemporary Australia by telling the stories of migrants resettled in Australia from war-torn countries alongside those of recent veterans of overseas service in the Australian Defence Force.
Mayor of Hume City, Councillor Carly Moore encouraged residents to visit this unique touring exhibition that explores how conflicts have affected the lives of migrants and veterans alike and contributed to modern Australia.
“The stories are shared with enthusiasm and hope, offering insights that may help bridge the divide between those who have experienced conflict and those who have not,” Cr Moore said.
“A variety of mediums have been used to create the exhibition, with works presented through text, photographs and audio-visual formats.
“Many of these oral histories capture stories of people redefined by the emotional and physical dislocation of war in recent decades.
“Storytellers are both vulnerable and courageous, sharing their experiences of loss of loved ones, identity or community, yet having faced with the worst of humanity, many express their resilience and determination to move forward and reconcile their pasts with new lives.
“On behalf of Hume City Council and the Hume community I’d like to thank the Shrine of Remembrance for curating this poignant touring exhibition and giving our residents the opportunity to engage with these thought-provoking stories.”
Changed forever – Legacies of conflict will be on exhibition at Gee-Lee Wik Doleen Gallery between 24 October – 1 December, with an opening event on 24 October between 6pm and 7.30pm.
The exhibition will also include stories from individuals who reside in Hume City, Rima and Osama from Syria who were granted refugee status in Australia in 2018, Abdulmaseeh Feryou from Iraq who was granted asylum in Australia in 2014 and Helen Ward of the Royal Australian Navy who was deployed to Iraq in 2007.