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, 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.

Exhibition Catalogue: Archives of Feeling exhibition catalogue

This exhibition is being presented at multiple venues:

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.

Partners: This exhibition is a part of The Big Anxiety.



Archives of Feeling: digital catalogue

RMIT Culture is pleased to publish a digital catalogue for the exhibition ‘Archives of Feeling,’ which showcased at RMIT Gallery and RMIT…

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