In Visible Ink is our Museum’s signature project for 2018 and 2019, when we will host our inaugural symposium and associated pop-up activations in collaboration with our partners the WA Museum. The purpose of the In Visible Ink project is to make stories of people and communities marginalised by race and religion visible, in order to catalyse them and inspire meaningful social change.

Never again shall a single story be told as though it were the only one.

JOHN BERGER

The world around us is full of stories. They exist in the sky, and the trees and the sea and the earth; they have been handed down through countless generations of First Peoples, connecting communities and knowledge across time and space. They exist in the small souvenirs carried in battered suitcases, and the traditions we hold on to, the fleeting memory of home prompted by the smell of food cooking or the sound of a piece of music, the stories of land left behind and seas crossed by many migrants that have made Australia home.

Many of these stories are invisible, stories of belonging, and dispossession, and trauma and hope. They transcend language and have no beginning and no end. They exist outside the boundaries of time and conventional narrative and tell truths not recorded in the pages of official history. They speak to invisibility in all its forms, and shine a spotlight on the intangible architecture of exclusion.

Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.

CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE

Seeing these stories is a deliberate act. Every day we make choices about what we ‘see’; whom we follow on social media, what television channel we watch. Much of the history we have been taught tells us one story out of many others that could have been told and written.

The Museum of Freedom and Tolerance will launch the In Visible Ink Project in 2018 as part of our mission to give voice to stories of racial and religious discrimination, by making them visible and harnessing the way they are told to create impact and meaningful social change.

Join us on a journey to discover the unseen, to curate invisible stories, bring them to life and make them matter. Over the course of our project we will hear from storytellers, artists and educators  who have grappled with the process of sharing hidden truths to inspire compassion and change.

We will engage in conversation about how difficult stories of racial and religious prejudice are told, how we can make room for these diverse narratives in our collective and cultural memory and harness their power to address and dismantle the discrimination in which they remain shrouded.

 

Symposium


The Museum of Freedom and Tolerance will partner with the Western Australian Museum to host a community symposium at the WA Maritime Museum on the art and practice of telling challenging stories to achieve social change.

Human Rights Day


We are launching our In Visible Ink project with a series of pop-up activations to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 2018.

Outcomes

No matter what museum installation you’re looking at, you’re also looking at the things that are not there: works that are not rendered relevant or present or visible within the context of a collection… I’m really interested in what happens at the meeting point between something that seems absent, but is nevertheless present.

ANDREA GEYER

Our mission at the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance is to celebrate the deliberate act of reading and listening, of making a conscious decision to ‘see’ stories of racial and religious discrimination, to engage in conversations that lead to meaningful reconciliation and to catalyse stories in the service of real social change.

Our hope as a Museum is to create a safe space for shared storytelling in collaboration with our many partners, and to help our community use these stories to drive momentum towards a more socially cohesive and plural society, underpinned by the values of freedom, tolerance, respect and fairness.

In bringing together people and organisations from around the world engaged in this process, we would like to learn more about the tools and methodologies underpinning effective storytelling, so we can deploy these practices within our own Museum.

We also hope to initiate our own multi-media collection of stories within the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance. This collection will be built from the resources shared at our symposium and through our art program, and in collaboration with partner organisations across the community.

Our Campaign

To all the people I would say: “Come, listen to us, we will tell you our culture. Learn from us. That way we will all survive. We share this country. We need to work together and learn from each other…” I hope you listen deeply and let these stories in. They … are for all time, for the old days, to help remember the old people, but also for the future and for young people now.

KATHLEEN KEMARRE WALLANCE

We believe that it is important for civic institutions to use their voice and platform to create a better and more cohesive society. Through our In Visible Ink initiative, we hope to build partnerships with organisations and people that expand the scope of what our community ‘sees’, the hidden stories that provide a wider context, encourage critical and values driven thinking that will lead to change.

“The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

MARCEL PROUST