MADA students bring together stories of refugees for new exhibition

Monash Art, Design and Architecture students have helped bring to life the journeys of refugees in a powerful new exhibition on forced migration at the Sir Louis Matheson Library.

The Perfect Migrant features artwork and stories from refugees, responding to their own experiences of forced migration. This includes internees who immigrated to Australia from Germany and Austria during World War II, as well as contemporary refugees.

Master of Design students Taniya Bose, Suhas Anjan, Xinghe Gao and Tangyi Sun worked together on the exhibition as part of their final semester studio project.

Under the supervision of Master of Design program director Jeff Janet, the students collaborated with Sir Louis Matheson library staff Dr Anne Holloway and Eliza Liddy on the exhibition’s digital elements.

The students conceptualised, designed and produced motion graphics, illustrations and interactive experiences that featured in the exhibition.

Dr Holloway, who curated the exhibition, said The Perfect Migrant tells the human tale of refugees through powerful visual and audio journeys.

In a time when Australia’s borders are shut and an increasing number of people are displaced around the world, it is important to engage with the humanity of refugees, past and present.

Dr Anne Holloway

The exhibition is the latest collaboration between the Sir Louis Matheson Library and students of Monash Art, Design and Architecture. Previous exhibitions, such as Jane Austen: By a Lady and Return: the way back home (2017), have also featured substantial contributions from MADA students, as part of a Work Integrated Learning focus to equip students with real world experience and employment pathways.

The Perfect Migrant is open to the public from 24 June until 18 October 2021 and entry is free.

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