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The Big Anxiety Festival – Archives of Feeling: Trauma, Knowledge, Empathy

RMIT Culture2

Event Date: 21 September 2022 to 10 December 2022
Author / Presenters: The Big Anxiety

Artists and communities have long used creative practice to communicate the felt dimensions of traumatic experience. This exhibition proposes that we need new forms of archives to express the affective and ongoing dimensions of trauma in order to more adequately recognise the knowledge produced by trauma communities. Through creative practice, this exhibition explores and imagines these new kinds of archives; it seeks to use these structures as a means of approaching a more productive understanding of trauma and recovery, both individual and collective.

Archives of Feeling approaches this complex topic through personal connections, bringing into conversation practitioners with lived experience and our local communities. By combining traditional exhibition practices with creative media and socially engaged methods of community partnerships and collaboration, the exhibition will transform the gallery into a living, growing, sensorial and expanding archive of feelings. It will be an active archive through which to explore, learn and unlearn; a practical resource for living with trauma; and a proposition that offers new ways of both archiving experience and experiencing archives.

Visit The Big Anxiety website for more information about the program!

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