For the exhibition Imagining Social Equity – Perspectives on migration, gender and community (26 February – 5 April, Mon–Fri 10am–5pm; Sat 12pm–5pm, at the Museo Italian, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton 3053, entry free) there will be a special opening event presented by artist Filomena Coppola in the Conference Room on Tuesday 25 February 2014 at 6.30pm (RSVP essential: firstname.lastname@example.org; p: (03)9349 9021). Born in regional Victoria to Italian immigrant parents, Filomena will show a video work and talk about a series of three major drawing installations which explore cultural loss: Chasing the disappeared, Mother Tongue and Alpha Sound. Since the death of her uncle in 2011 – the first of three Coppola brothers who migrated here to be buried in Australian soil – her work has reflected on the loss of the first generation of migrants and its cultural significance.
Imagining Social Equity displays photos, video and drawings by three artists – Filomena Coppola, Kate Just and Laurene Dietrich – who explore ideas of community, social justice and identity. Kate Just is a sculpture and photography artist. Laurene Dietrich is an artist from Western Victoria currently working on a project exploring rural women and ageing. The exhibition is curated by Caroline Phillips and supported by the University of Melbourne’s Social Equity Institute which supports interdisciplinary research across the full spectrum of life including health, law, education, migration, housing, work and transport and their intersections with gender, disability, mental health and more. This exhibition is part of a series of events associated with the 2014 academic conference ‘Imagining Social Equity’ (February 28 – March 1, 2014).