Voiceless Journeys – Exhibition

Tuesday 2 July (Day 1) and Thursday 4 July (Day 3), 12:30pm – 1:30pm – Lunchtime  


On days one and three of the conference, People and the Planet 2013 will present a lunchtime exhibition entitled: Voiceless Journeys. This stunning collection of photographic images and personal stories celebrates cultural diversity and portrays the journey, struggle, survival and achievements of people from diverse backgrounds. This exhibition will be screened in the Auditorium on Level 5.


About Voiceless Journeys


Voiceless Journeys is an art project that aims to celebrate the cultural diversity and raise awareness about the journey, struggle, survival and achievements of people from diverse backgrounds. The project focusses on people who have left their homelands as a result of internal problems or conflicts in order to make a life in Australia; people who positively shape our communities. Voiceless Journeys is a unique attempt to build a sense of community which incorporates greater understanding of each other.

These human stories spoken through the silence of 101 evocative black and white photographic portraits are also enlarged and exhibited around the streets of Melbourne. To see more check out the Voiceless Journeys online exhibition site

The journey of asylum and its consequences are often spoken of silence and written on water. If we are to use the analogy of a plant to one who flees from his or her country, it may read something like this: “A plant is forcefully uprooted from its earth, a place where it belongs and is taken to the unknown and along an uncertain journey. This journey may take many years, and seasons will no longer matter. Along this journey, part of it dies without the soul of its native soil, its roots left open and exposed. It also begins to lose itself; the life of its senses. It then reaches a somewhat semi-permanent unknown, with and without will. Its roots are once again planted into the ground, in an unfamiliar place. Here it has two choices: one to live, the other to die. This plant will never be what it once was nor will it ever again belong to one place alone. It will not grow into the shape it would have assumed in its native soil. Its flowers may assume an unnatural colour, the leaves may take altered shapes, and the branches a distinct body. Here it takes a new form, an unfamiliar face, it adapts, it changes, it blooms, it fades, it survives…”


Ondru: The Team Behind Voiceless Journeys


Ondru is a rising movement of arts & literature. Ondru’s mission is to evoke, challenge and inspire through honest expressions of arts & literature for positive social change.


Ondru’s artistic expressions embody the following four pillars:

  • Evoke emotions and inspire dialogue;
  • Challenge society and its ways, including ourselves;
  • Based on intellectual substance; and
  • Honest creative expression – be true to the essence of the creative expression and it be from a personal place, with an outward perspective.


See more at: http://www.ondru.org