Archives of Feeling: Trauma, Knowledge, Empathy

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. Spanning RMIT Gallery and Design Hub Gallery, 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, UNSW fEEL Lab, Julie Gough, Jenny Hickinbotham, Brian McKinnon, Dominic Redfern, Mariela Sancari, T Collective, Julie Watkins and more. 

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

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

This exhibition is being presented at multiple venues:

This exhibition is a part of The Big Anxiety.