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May 2011


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Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours

This new exhibition opening 10 May 2011, at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne challenges visitors to examine their own assumptions and confront everyday prejudices by taking a fresh look at cultural diversity.  It is intended that this display will be a permanent exhibition.

Unlike any other exhibition in an Australia museum, ‘Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours’ provides fresh and challenging insights into personal identity: who we are, how we perceive each other and what it means to belong—or not belong—in Australia today.

How we see ourselves, and the ways in which we feel connected to one another are critical to creating a cohesive society. Focusing on ethnicity, ancestry, language, spirituality and citizenship, Identity looks at:

  • how we view the people around us
  • what those all-important first impressions actually mean
  • and how we find a sense of our own selves through recognising difference, or finding a place to belong.

Through objects, interactive multimedia displays and personal stories from Australians of widely diverse backgrounds, the exhibition explores the diverse identities that make up Australia today.

Exhibition highlights include a confronting video installation piece by world-renowned new media artist Lynette Wallworth and an interactive installation that recreates an everyday setting with an act of prejudice, which visitors can experience through the eyes of the victim, the perpetrator and bystanders.


 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne

ADMISSION $8. Children and Concession Holders Free Entry


To explore her Aboriginal heritage,
 Kat Clarke (above) designed her own distinctive hoodie.  It is an expression of the different groups she belongs to - friends, peers and Wotjobaluk.  The hoodie is on display in the exhibition.

South African fashion designer Shanaaz Copeland creates hijabs in football colours, allowing Muslim women to express their support for their favorite football club while maintaining their faith.  The hijab above is on display at the exhibition.