In 1986, three generations of Tammy Law’s family were deported from Queensland. Her mother was pregnant with Law at the time. Since becoming a mother herself, Law has begun to reflect on the ways that trauma can be intergenerational, how it can reside in your DNA and be passed down.
Assisted by the recollections of her mother Jenny Phang, and the storytelling of siblings Michelle and Benjamin Law, Tammy Law will document personal stories and histories to challenge, instigate and inspire conversations around forced migration. The project aims to develop new understandings between those who have lived experiences of deportation and the public.
Law’s documentary photographic practice revolves around issues of migration, diaspora and cultural difference, informed by her experiences of being Asian Australian. Her work explores the complexities of displacement and the emotional, psychological and physical dislocations that occur.
MoB’s Artist in Residence program is supported by Tim Fairfax AC. Presented by Brisbane City Council in partnership with Museum of Brisbane (MoB).