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Tammy Law: Fractured Dreams & Indefinite Scars

The Museum of Brisbane's latest exhibition explores forced migration and intergenerational trauma.
By Sarah Ward
March 01, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
March 01, 2021
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Debuting in line with this year's BrisAsia Festival, but also remaining on display until Sunday, April 18, the Museum of Brisbane's latest exhibition explores an emotional and important topic with far-reaching repercussions. The artist behind it, documentary photographer Tammy Law, draws from her own family's history with Fractured Dreams & Indefinite Scars — which tackles forced migration and displacement, the ripples it causes and the fact that the aftermath can linger even among those who didn't experience it firsthand.

When Law's mother Jenny Phang was pregnant with her in 1986, three generations of her family were deported from Queensland. So, this exhibition cuts close to home in multiple ways. Law has also called upon her siblings Michelle and Benjamin for assistance, with the MoB showcase aiming to get people talking about her subject matter, and to explore the topic from a personal perspective.

Fractured Dreams & Indefinite Scars is part of a broader residency, too, with Law hosting open studio sessions from 10am–2pm every Wednesday and Sunday. Accordingly, you can head along to see her work, or to see her in action. An interactive paper-folding activity is also part of the exhibition, if you'd like to take part as well.

Images: Tammy Law.

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