The roofline of the Australian National Maritime Museum, designed to evoke sails and waves, will be illuminated for the rest of the summer, with a revised version of its award-winning digital projection show, Waves of Migration. The free display is a thought-provoking, eight-minute animated projection that weaves together Australia's rich tapestry of migration stories.
The show, which premiered last year, was enjoyed by the thousands
Artist’s story featured
of people who visit Darling Harbour each evening, and won a silver MUSE Award for public outreach from the American Alliance of Museums.
This year it has been enhanced with new content, including the story of Gina Sinozich, a Croatian migrant artist. A new, specially-composed soundtrack accompanying the show will be played on Pyrmont Bridge. Waves of Migration follows the journeys of migrant boats across oceans and cultures, through the passage of time. It depicts a fascinating array of personal stories from British convicts and early settlers, to Jewish refugees and displaced persons from war-torn Europe, to Ten Pound Poms, Vietnamese boat people and seaborne asylum seekers from Afghanistan.
The new content tells the story of Gina Sinozich and her family who abandoned post-war Croatia, then part of the Communist republic of Yugoslavia, in 1956.
Ms Sinozich and her family escaped quietly across the Italian border with no possessions and arrived in Australia in 1957. At 70 years old, Ms Sinozich started painting her recollections of the family's migration. A number of these paintings are in the museum's collection and are the inspiration for the new scene.
The light show is supported by a dedicated website www.anmm.gov.au/lightshow with links to the museum's collection and a facility for people to share their immigration stories.