Recently I assisted the South Australian Bhutanese Community to install their Forum exhibition in the community gallery at the Migration Museum. There are some lovely objects – various vessels made from copper and brass and some beautiful handmade jewellery. There are also some perhaps unexpected items – soccer balls made from plastic bags and models of household items made from bamboo, and a model refugee hut reflecting the up to 20 years that community members spent in Nepalese refugee camps before being resettled in South Australia.
Installing the exhibition was very much a case of using the display materials available and making do with a range of display items that were on hand. Plastic-coated wire plate stands became arms for doll clothes and it’s amazing how well dacron can be shaped to suit!