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Artworks tell the story of WA's hidden shame


A new exhibition at ECU is exploring the emotionally fraught subject of mothers who killed their children in colonial Western Australia.

The Spaces Between Us exhibition is curated by ECU Post Doctoral Research Fellow Dr Amanda Gardiner and draws on her PhD research, which investigated women who committed infanticide between 1829 and 1901.

“Many of the women were not literate and these cases often occurred within narratives of secrecy and abuse of power, compounded by experiences of sexual trauma or indiscretion,” Dr Gardiner said.

“Because of this, their crimes have been submerged under fear and shame.”

Dr Gardiner worked with six artists to draw out the emotional complexities of her subject.

“The Spaces Between Us presents a challenging subject for audiences,” she said.

“But for those who engage with the work, it is a unique opportunity to witness and understand the complex lives of these historically marginalised women.”

The Spaces Between Us is exhibited at Gallery 25 on the Mount Lawley Campus until 29 May.

Helen Seiver 'Adding Absence' 2016. Photo by Stephanie Lloyd Smith.
Helen Seiver 'Adding Absence' 2016. Photo by Stephanie Lloyd Smith.
Sarah Mills 'Serving it Up' 2016.
Sarah Mills 'Serving it Up' 2016
Sarah Elson 'Remnant of a Stolen Life' 2016. Photo by Stephanie Lloyd Smith.
Sarah Elson 'Remnant of a Stolen Life' 2016. Photo by Stephanie Lloyd Smith.
Eva Fernandez 'Cloth Bundle' 2016.
Eva Fernandez 'Cloth Bundle' 2016.

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