‘In the Process of Healing’ is an immersive installation of photography, sound, space which attempts to remove the stigma around trauma and normalise conversations that are difficult.
‘In the Process of Healing’ tells a story of hope and survival. Responding to the stories of institutional abuse, suicide and treatment of refugees across the Ballarat community, artist Aldona Kmiec has created a moving and respectful collection that reflects the process of healing.
“My vision is to give hope. To document the invisible lives, drowned by society’s attempts to maintain normalcy through keeping their eyes shut, pretending that lives don’t exist, referring to them as numbers. These are important conversations in our community and learning how to talk about trauma to find a way to move forward is beneficial to the whole community’s wellbeing.
The room with the ‘Chair of nails’ is terrifyingly effective and heightens a physical sense of a traumatic experience within the body and the mind. The floating images on fabric depict a family of refugees with their faces hidden, conveying a sense of fear, hope and the journey towards healing.
“Very theatrical, stimulating. When you go to the room, the ‘Chair of nails’ is very stark, but very evocative too. Most theatrically exciting thing for me was coming out of this room and having to walk through the photographs again, and see them in a different emotional state of mind. Beautifully theatrically presented.” Al Wunder
“Thought-provoking, sensitive and empathetic” , “Powerful exhibition”