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A new exhibition from the Shrine of Remembrance, Changed Forever: Legacies of Conflict, interweaves stories of migrants from war-torn countries and recent veterans of overseas service, reflecting the range and depth of experiences of conflict.
The exhibition is based on a collection of oral histories undertaken by the Shrine with Australian Defence Force veterans of recent conflicts and peacekeeping operations, and migrants to Australia who have come here because of conflict.
Their stories are about loss and reconciliation—loss of lives, of identity, of loved ones, of community and for some, a loss of moral certainty. They explore reconciliation between the men and women of the Australian Defence Force and the civilian community, and between veterans and their sometimes-estranged families and friends. For migrants, reconciliation between a past they can never retrieve, and the challenges and rewards of their new community.
Through paintings, sculpture, music, multimedia, poetry and photographs, these personal stories illustrate the effect of global and civil conflict on our society today.
Image: Reproduced Courtesy of Getty Images, Paula Bronstein