Stories About Hope at Chrissie Cotter Gallery

Thursday 6 July 2017

Unique stories of people who have sought safety in Australia will feature next at Inner West Council’s Chrissie Cotter Gallery.

Stories about Hope shines an important light on the voices, perspectives and experiences “erased from public conversation”, according to Renee Dixson, who produced the exhibition.

She says the exhibition “explores the human dignity, identity and strength in people from refugee backgrounds through photography and short films”.

“I aim to challenge false narratives of victimhood and people from a refugee background being a burden to Australian society,” Renee said.

“To be truly welcoming as a society, we should allow people to be a part of it. No one is just a refugee, we are all people with complex histories and stories.

“The experience of forced displacement should not define someone forever,” she said.

Renee thanked her many collaborators, saying, “I’m humbled with the support…I was able to receive and develop through the project.

“I was able to find amazing people like other artists, individuals and organisations who shared the same vision and supported the Stories About Hope project in various ways.

“This support gives me a lot of hope for the future of not only art, but the bigger social change too,” she said.

Stories About Hope has already travelled to several regional destinations and will go on to Wagga after the Chrissie Cotter exhibition.

Stories About Hope at Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock Street Camperdown

Exhibition Dates: 12 – 23 July

Opening Wednesday 12 July, 6pm – 8pm

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For an interview about the exhibition, contact Tina Dixon on 0424 373 997.


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