Dreams of Another Life by Pia Larsen

‘Dreams of Another Life’ contemplates the passage of migration – the act of leaving one place to make a new life elsewhere. M arrived in Australia, proclaimed as ‘the land of the fair go’, as a 17-year-old in 1948 as part of Australia’s Mass Migration Scheme for Europe’s Displaced, post WWII.

The exhibition examines loss of heritage and homeland and assimilation into an Anglo culture as undercurrents in a life shaped and constrained by work, gender and language. The project draws from research as well as a personal connection to M who worked for my parents and looked after me as a child.


National Archives of Australia                                                                                

Bruce Pennay, Charles Sturt University

Bonegilla Migrant Experience

IM Family Archive

The exhibition wouldn’t have been possible without wonderful support from the Mildura Art Centre 




Pia Larsen: Dreams of Another Life

Mildura Art Centre

23 July – 29 November 2020


Image 1: Photo by Robert Klarich

Image 2: Photo by Robert Klarich

Image 3: Photo by Robert Klarich

Image 4: Photo by Robert Klarich

Event starts
Thursday 23 July, 2020
Event ends
Sunday 29 November, 2020
Mildura Art Centre
Venue Address
199 Cureton Ave

Victoria , Mildura