Turning Diverse Memories Into Public Art, a Visual Archive of Personal Stories

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Title Turning Diverse Memories Into Public Art, a Visual Archive of Personal Stories
Author Di Mauro, Sam
Publication Title Turning Diverse Memories Into Public Art, a Visual Archive of Personal Stories
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Beijing Foreign Studies University
Abstract Based on the creation of a public art work (River Reflections, 1998-1999) in celebration of the ethnic diversity of the town of Innisfail, a town which can truly be claimed as one of the founding centres of multicultural diversity in Queensland (48 different languages spoken in the district). This paper discusses and illustrates the significance of community consultation in the creation of public art to inclusively reflect the culture of place. The aim of the artwork was to depict the district's history, resources, ethnic and multicultural diversity, and ultimately communicate the marriage of oral histories translated through both image and text. Exhaustive research time was spent collecting stories from more than a hundred local past and present residents by visiting church groups, private homes, service groups and clubs. They communicated stories about their culture and identified what they felt was most appropriate to record for posterity, what symbol or icon would best represent their ethnic group/culture in Innisfail. The paper will discuss how this information was gathered from members of the community and how the community was informed throughout the process and in turn how the information was processed into the artwork. This project provided Johnstone Shire Cultural Association with the opportunity and resources to engage a broad section of the local community from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds to work together in documenting their past in a durable and public art space and becomes a “link between art, history, community and the environment.”
Peer Reviewed No
Published Yes
Conference name Diversity in Harmony-The 11th International Conference on Australian Studies in China
Location Beijing Foreign Studies University
Date From 2008-10-31
Date To 2008-11-02
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/37100
Date Accessioned 2009-03-13
Language en_AU
Faculty Queensland College of Art
Subject Visual Arts and Crafts
Publication Type Conference Publications (Extract Paper)
Publication Type Code e3

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