Within all of us lie buried the words, thoughts and feelings that have remained unsaid – to loved ones, to authority figures, to ancestors and unborn children. Sleeping beneath the surface, they lie waiting for a chance to be spoken.
Inspired by international projects like PostSecret, Buried Words works on a simple premise – often what we resist, disavow or deny giving voice to contains a seed of truth for us. These difficult truths form potent words giving rare glimpses into other people’s lives. These unspoken words will be collected anonymously online over August-September.
Project creator Michael Chew has a passion for creating participatory installations in libraries – his previous shows include the award-winning iMap (a 13m long emotional map of Melbourne’s CBD in the City Library) and Choose Your Own Library Adventure (an adventurous story-telling romp through the Baillieu library). On this project he joins with: Lea Czikowski, a community artist facilitator whose passion is curating imaginary realms amongst our everyday life; Shirana Nash, who was drawn to this project’s power to connect people through their shared human experiences; and Ben Moore, who believes in encouraging people to have another go at asking for what they want from others, and from life.
Opening Night Sept 25th 6-7:30pm
Exhibition period Sept 25th – Oct 16th
56 Paisley St, Footscray.
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If you’d like to find out about how your could help out the project and get some curious rewards (including a hot air balloon launch, or a singing telegram) – click here
Write-up in The Age – here
Fringe Festival listing – here