Let there be Joy at Immigration Museum

Featuring newly commissioned works by seven acclaimed Victorian-based artists

Joy Generator, Nixi Killick. Photo by Eugene Hyland/ Source Museums Victoria

Culture, nostalgia and happiness collide in a blaze of colour when the Immigration Museum opens its biggest exhibition tomorrow since 2020 – Joy.

Seven acclaimed Victorian-based artists delve deep into their souls to express what joy means to them through vibrant room-sized installations: Elyas Alavi (with Sher Ali), Spencer Harrison, Nadia Hernández, Nixi Killick, Jazz Money, Beci Orpin and Callum Preston.

For an introduction in the stately hallway of the ground floor, Nadia Hernández celebrates ‘contidianidad’ (everydayness) by heroing the comforts and rituals that constitute her diasporic connections and relationships in Que te puedo decir, asi son las cosas.

Pops of colour and people’s personal stories about what joy means to them will lead visitors up to the second floor where Spencer Harrison asks people to strut their true selves unapologetically beneath iridescent jewels in Bring it to the Runway, Runway. Beci Orpin evokes her childhood bedroom in rural Victoria with a soft toy on steroids in Bunny Dearest, and Callum Preston opens a portal into a 90s happy place with Video Land.

Also on the second floor, Jazz Money presents joy as a radical act to stand up against oppression in Our Laughter Will Become the Waterfall, Nixi Killick explodes a psychedelic colour bomb to fan the flames of optimism and elation in Joy Generator, and Elyas Alavi (with Sher Ali) shares the beautiful Persian myth of a mystical giant bird through neon and paint In search of the Simurgh.

‘In 2018 the Immigration Museum presented the much-adored Love exhibition, embracing stories of identity, belonging and togetherness – and Joy very much continues this journey’, said Museums Victoria CEO & Director Lynley Crosswell.

‘Through newly commissioned works by a diverse and talented pool of artists, this glorious new exhibition sees Immigration Museum come to life in a vibrant celebration of joy - a testament to the resilience and creativity of the human spirit.’

The exhibition’s joyful installations are brought to life with the support of Colour Partner Taubmans and Flooring Partner Godfrey Hirst and GH Commercial.

For further information visit Joy - Immigration Museum (museumsvictoria.com.au)

Opens: Friday 1 March
Location: Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne
Tickets: Included with museum entry - Adults: $15 | Seniors: $10 Concession: Free | Children: Free - on sale at Immigration Museum and online here

Programming and Events:
Guided Tours
For more insight into the exhibition, highlighting engaging and diverse stories, tours will be running on Saturdays: 2 March, 16 March, 13 April, 27 April, 2.00pm to 2.40pm. Free with museum entry. Accessibility: We can assist with any access requirements you may have for this program, please contact our team on 13 11 02 or email us at [email protected] to discuss how we can support your Museum visit.

Interviews available with:
• Artists: Elyas Alavi, Spencer Harrison, Nadia Hernández, Nixi Killick (NKX), Jazz Money, Beci Orpin, Callum Preston

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