Aldona Kmiec’s exhibition In the Process of Healing was launched at the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council on Saturday. The event saw appearances by poet Nathan Curnow and Ugandan singer Rose Nakakeeto Ssekimpi.
The exhibition is curated and installed specifically for the welcome centre. In a three dimensional way it incorporates sounds, the temperature of the building and its different rooms with photography.
Ms Kmiec said the exhibition was inspired by knowing a lot of people who have been through trauma of displacement and traumatic childhood and her own personal experiences as well.
“My photography is really about people and about the connection we have with the world and each other. It’s awesome to see such a big turn out,” she said.
“I think it says a lot about how the local people are interested in the community and well being.
“Part of exhibition is about talking about issues that are difficult. To talk about trauma, about rates of suicide in Ballarat and around the world.
“To learn how to talk about traumatic experiences and how to move forward. That’s been guiding me in my work and I’m extremely happy with what I’ve put up at the exhibition here.”
Ms Kmiec said she loves collaborating with local artist and has been working with BRMC for many years.
“Having them agreeing to this exhibition taking place in this part of the building, it’s just amazing, it’s just a big statement from them that they do want to open this place,” she said.
Part of the Ballarat Photo Biennale, the exhibition is on show until September 17.
For more information visit Aldona’s website.
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