from there to here
The Community of Monash is incredibly diverse and complex with a rich a vibrant culture. We knew that this commission could never capture every migrant story or feature every migrant background. The approach was to review recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) migration data and focus on people heralding from origins that are highly represented in the community. The subjects the project engaged include 16 people who migrated to Australia and settled in the area and range from those who migrated just after WWII to those who are newly arrived. The origins of the people whose migration stories are captured are: India, Lebanon, Greece, Italy, Sri Lanka, Sudan, United Kingdom, South Korea, China and Saudi Arabia.
Lee Grant's approach was to photograph people in an environmental portrait, in their home, both inside and outside. In addition, each participant has recorded an interview recounting their journey to Monash in their own words. These interviews highlight their motivations for migrating to a new place, and the emotions they experienced as they arrived in a foreign land. These interviews are available to listen to.
Nyangak ‘Lizzy’ (Sudan – Commerce student and volunteer youth advocacy worker), at home, Mulgrave 2019 (detail)
from the series From there to here: migrant journeys to Monash
pigment ink-jet print
100.0 x 100.0 cm
collection of the artist
courtesy of the artist