Tara McDonough

Dis-Placed

Dis-Placed is a project that draws on collage as a strategy for interior design in an attempt to bring an unknowable past before a contemporary audience. Motivated by a desire to shed light on a significant yet largely overlooked episode in recent social history, this project explores the institutions that housed British child migrants in Australia from the 1930s-1970s. Bindoon Bindoon Boys Home (1936-1966) in Western Australia is one such institution, where the child migrants sent there were also tasked with its elaborate construction. 
By layering a historical site onto a contemporary gallery, the proposed exhibition at the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) functions as an inhabitable collage – a space that seeks to uncover the architecture of physical and psychological displacement, the power of place and the role of the interior in shaping individual experience.