• arts & culture

17 March 2017

A moving new exhibition at Museum Victoria's Immigration Museum – They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention – explores the lives of people who have sought, or are seeking, asylum and refuge in Australia.

Jamila Jafari, Photo by Melanie Adams

Jamila Jafari, Photo by Melanie Adams

Opened last night by Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley, the exhibition tells the stories of 22 people, exploring the experiences they fled, their journeys to Australia, their lives today and hopes for the future.

Developed by Behind the Wire – a not for profit organisation that works to document the stories of men, women and children who have sought asylum in Australia – the exhibition continues the Immigration Museum's mission to explore how migration and diversity have shaped the society in which we live.

The exhibition also furthers the Museum's work in developing exhibitions in partnership with community groups. To date over 120 communities have worked with the museum to create exhibitions and programs that share their stories with the wider community.

Narrators in the exhibition represent a range of nationalities and ethnicities including  those from Iran, Iraqi and Syria alongside others who are Rohingya, Zaghawa, Hazara and Tamil.

Of the 22 people featured in the exhibition, 13 are now living in Australia with permanent residency while others are on temporary visas. Narrators in the exhibition comes from locations such as Shepparton and Ballarat, as well as metro Melbourne, three remain in the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre.

They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention will run until 2 July 2017 at the Immigration Museum

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