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The Fate of Things: Memory Objects and Art

2 Australian-born artists remember their families’ Holocaust experiences through inherited objects and relics.

A person’s memories are comprised of recollections of their own experiences, and those that they have inherited through photographs, home videos and family storytelling.

First-hand memories of traumatic experiences are passed down not only in visual and oral ways, but in the raising of the next generation, through habits and mannerisms.

Children and grandchildren of survivors of trauma often live with both the burden and the duty of remembering experiences that were not their own, from a time when they were not alive. Everybody is a product of those who came before; their experiences, their hardships, ambitions and achievements.

In The Fate of Things: Memory Objects and Art, 2 Australian-born artists remember their families’ Holocaust experiences through inherited objects, remnants and relics.

For this exhibition, Anne Zahalka and Sylvia Griffin have undertaken a process of self-discovery by imbuing tangible symbols of their family histories with personal interpretations of their second-hand traumatic memories.

Through video, photography, assemblage, sculpture and textiles, the artists memorialise lost family members never met, particularly female predecessors, to trace who they are today and how their characters have been formed over time.



Mondays to Thursdays, 10am to 4.30pm
Fridays, 10am to 3pm
Saturdays, all day
Sundays, 10am to 4pm

Friday 2 November 2018 to Thursday 28 February 2019

Except Saturday 10 November, Saturday 17 November, Saturday 24 November, Saturday 1 December, Saturday 8 December, Saturday 15 December, Saturday 22 December, Christmas Day, Saturday 29 December, Saturday 5 January, Saturday 12 January, Saturday 19 January, Saturday 26 January, Saturday 2 February, Saturday 9 February, Saturday 16 February and Saturday 23 February


Adult: $15.00
Seniors: $12.00
Children (under 10 enter free): $9.00
Family: $32.00

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