Exhibition – Italian Australian: Creating Culture, Defining Diaspora

27 Aug 2015, by cp14603 in News

image006Italian Australian: Creating Culture, Defining Diaspora

Museo Italiano, Co.As.It., 199 Faraday Street, Carlton

27 August – 16 October 2015

Tuesday – Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 12.30pm-5pm

Free entry



Opening event: Wednesday 26 August, 6.30pm

Guest speaker: Professor Ghassan Hage, The University of Melbourne



Sometimes we feel we straddle two cultures;

at other times, that we fall between two stools.

Salman Rushdie


Wogs, Dagos, Post-War migrants, New Australians, Zips, Marios and Marias, I-Ties, Multicultural Australia. All these phrases have been used to categorise and to describe the Italian diaspora in Australia. This exhibition seeks to subtly address these labels, some embraced, some forgotten and some derogatory by asking the question: Can we define ourselves? Is it possible to document the commonalities of experience and of culture and to start to trace the transition from migrant group to diaspora? Documentary and street photography by Melbourne photographer, Gracie Lolicato along with the portraits and recorded interviews of around 200 volunteers result in an exhibition that may in some ways confirm your impressions of Italian-Australians and may also challenge it. This is not a nostalgic gaze into tradition, nor is it a definitive contemporary document, but rather an introduction to the idea that it is possible to be both Australian and Italian, and it is possible to feel like you are neither.




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