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Archives of Feeling: Trauma, Knowledge, Empathy

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Gallery 1, Archives of Feelings, 2022, RMIT Gallery, Photo by Tobias Titz, 2

Archives of Feeling: Trauma, Knowledge, Empathy

21 Sep 2022 – 11 Dec 2022

The complex repercussions of traumatic experiences, whether collective or individual, are often feelings we navigate alone. Archives of Feeling imagines new ways of sharing the felt dimensions of trauma. In this exhibition, artists share personal connections, lived experiences and the impacts of trauma on themselves and their communities. Collectively, they form an archive of works that navigate the trauma of institutions, colonialism and isolation. 

Combining creative practice with socially-engaged models of community collaboration, Archives of Feeling transforms the gallery into a living, growing and sensorial archive of feelings, encouraging us to explore, learn and unlearn. This exhibition presents practical and thought-provoking resources for living with trauma, offering new ways of archiving experience and of experiencing archives. 

Includes the following projects and artists: Rushdi Anwar, Peta Clancy, Maree Clarke, Graeme Doyle, UNSW fEEL Lab, Julie Gough, Jenny Hickinbotham, Brian McKinnon, Rebecca Moran, Dominic Redfern, Mariela Sancari, T-collective and Julie Watkins. 

T-collective includes Simon Crosbie, Mig Dann, Yi Won Park, and Jude Worters.

Collectively curated by: Kelly Hussey-Smith, Grace McQuilten, Helen Rayment and Andrew Tetzlaff, and with the support of Jill Bennett, Renata Kokanovic and a community advisory.

Accessibility resources
For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, RMIT Gallery offers the hire of iPads which feature captioned versions of artworks that include sound. To access one of these iPads, please approach our Front of House staff who will be able to check one out to you for use in the exhibition spaces.


Image: Installation view, Archives of Feeling: Trauma, Knowledge, Empathy exhibition. Includes works by Rushdi Anwar, Maree Clarke, Peta Clancy, Yi Won Park and Jude Worters. 2022, RMIT Gallery, Photo by Tobias Titz.

Gallery Details

RMIT Gallery
RMIT Building 16
Level 3, City Campus
RMIT University
344 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

T: 03 9925 1717
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Opening Hours
(during exhibition periods)
Tuesday – Friday: 11 am to 5pm
Saturday: 12:30 pm to 5 pm
Closed public holidays, Sundays and RMIT Campus closures. 
Entry is Free

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The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.