City's diversity shines in summer exhibitions

Published Tuesday, 13th December 2016

One of Markus Andersen's images of Cabramatta.
One of Markus Andersen's images of Cabramatta.

Two exhibitions just opened at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery are set to exemplify and celebrate over the summer the City’s diverse community history. 

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said the latest exhibitions provided a unique opportunity for community members from all walks of life to gain a greater insight into how multiculturalism had shaped the City into the vibrant community it is today.

“Our Fairfield City community is among the most diverse areas in the nation, with more than 50 per cent of residents speaking a language other than English at home,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Part of what makes our City so great, Fairfield City Museum & Gallery’s two latest exhibitions showcase how our colourful diversity stems from rich community and neighbourhood pride.”

In Markus Andersen, Cabramatta, photographer Markus Andersen explores the eclectic Cabramatta community through its distinctive streetscapes, laneways and days of celebration in a 365-day photographic essay that highlights the explosion of life, culture and tradition that is uniquely Cabramatta.

Andersen has previously held solo and collaborative exhibitions in global cities from New York to Paris and Toronto to Istanbul. His photographic work,Markus Andersen, Cabramatta, is on exhibition until 7 January 2017.

A Home Away From Home,on exhibition until 11 February 2017, is an investigation into the importance that multicultural clubs played in Australian social history, delving into questions about community identity in a social setting that was a home away from home.

The exhibition includes photographs by local photographer Helen Tran as well as objects from Fairfield City Museum & Gallery’s collection, archival photographs and oral histories.

Admission to Fairfield City Museum & Gallery is free between 10am and 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

The Museum & Gallery is on the corner of Horsley Drive and Oxford St, Smithfield.

Visit www.livingmuseum.com.au for more information about the exhibitions and to find out what else is on at the Museum & Gallery.