In the 1850s, Adelaide endured its first mass exodus when thousands rushed to Victoria for gold. Today, this brain-drain continues as many pursue professional prosperity interstate. In a pop-up social museum, Adelaide-bred, Melbourne-fled curators Lisa and Tahney satirize tensions triggering city abandonment.
What’s so good about Melbourne, anyway? The museum tells semi-fictional stories of ex-Adelaidians (with a focus on arts workers); visual art, oral histories and archival research details the hope and ego behind their Melbourne migration. A caricatured account on the animosity between the two cities (is the grass greener on the other side? probably – maybe), its undertones scrutinise the social and economic forces behind ambitious people leaving their home city and never looking back.
Featuring John Firth, Jenny Allnut, Grace Harper, Julia Derwas, Chealsea Birrane, Alexandra Dobson, Amalia Krueger and Angus Hamra.
With special thanks to Jeffrey Firth, University of Melbourne Archives, State Library of South Australia and National Library of Australia.
The exhibition will be officially opened at the Chapel on Saturday 29 February with drinks and nibbles provided. All welcome.