The wonderful Museum of Brisbane (fondly known as MoB) presents its latest Artist in Residence: Tammy Law. Tammy's residency is titled "Fractured Dreams and Indefinite Scars". Her residency and exhibition, which is part of the BrisAsia Festival, will explore the ways in which immigration laws (pun unintended) and processes impact family narratives and histories.
Assisted by the recollections of her mother, Jenny Phang, and the storytelling of siblings Michelle and Benjamin Law along with five other families, Tammy will document personal stories and histories to challenge, instigate and inspire conversations around forced migration. You may recognise Tammy's name from the witty TV series The Family Law written by her equally talented brother.
The residency is on from Friday 5 February to Sunday 18 April. Opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can find MoB on Level 3 in the Brisbane City Hall, in King George Square. Entry is FREE. During her residency, visiting members of the public are invited to contribute to Tammy's exhibition through an interactive origami activity.
You can meet Tammy personally in the MoB's open studio in the Adelaide Street Pavilion on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, during her residency. The pavillion is the side room which has the gorgeous curved windows, just off the museum space that overlooks the City Hall's copper dome.
You might also enjoy a panel discussion called "Dreams and Scars, family histories and creative practice." Tammy Law and a panel of special guests will discuss the impacts of forced migration and how it can be applied through art. Tammy explores how immigration laws and processes impact family narratives and histories. To highlight some local stories of migration and displacement, join Tammy, Vernon Ah Kee, Tintin Wulia and special guest facilitator - her brother Benjamin Law - as they discuss forced migration. It is on Friday 19 February from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at MoB. Tickets are $25.00 each and can be booked at MoB.
Benjamin Law (May Cross)
Tammy Law: Artist Bio Tammy Law's documentary photographic practice revolves around issues of migration, diaspora and cultural difference, informed by her experiences of being an Asian Australian. Her work explores the complexities of displacement and the emotional, psychological and physical dislocations that occur.
Since 2007, her work has been regularly exhibited across Australia and internationally. Her artist book "Permission To Belong" won the 2018 ANZ Photobook People's Choice Award. In 2017, she was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts grant to establish "Fragile Constellations" which was an online network between photographers from Myanmar and Australia.
In 2018, she pursued further research and completed her PhD in Media and Communication at RMIT. In addition to being an established photographer, she has curated and exhibited the work of others. Her freelance photography has been widely published, including in The Wall Street Journal, Broadsheet, The Saturday Paper and Australian Traveller.