When:Thursday 7 November, 5.30pm for 6pm start
Join us for the opening of On Thin Ice on Thursday 7 November
On Thin Ice is an arts-documentary collaboration between journalist and author Ginger Gorman, photographers Hilary Wardhaugh and Martin Ollman, sculptor Tom Buckland, and printmaker Jess Higgins.
Working closely and collaboratively with participants, the project tells the stories of local residents who are living with or recovering from addiction to crystal methamphetamine (ice) in a multi-disciplinary exhibition of images, text, sound and installation. The exhibition will debut at Tuggeranong Arts Centre from 7 – 30 November 2019.
“It’s really f****** hard, but it can get better.” – Ann, 38
“I’m making the choice to make a change. And I’ve never done that before.” – Mitchell, 29
“The dark tunnel that I was in for so long, I’m starting to see the light at the end of it.” – Nicole, 35
The exhibition goes beyond headlines and stereotypes, beyond snap judgments and prejudices, beyond “meth crisis” and “ice epidemic,” empowering individuals to tell their own stories – stories of pain, of trauma, of loss and isolation, but also, stories of hope and of healing. Stories of addiction. And stories of recovery.
The exhibition opening and discussion panel
The event commences at 5.30pm with official proceedings at 6pm.
There will be with live music by Madelie Joubert, followed by a panel discussion about how and why people become addicted to ice, what the barriers are to recovery and how society can better support recovery.
The panel discussion facilitated by Ginger Gorman will include Minister Shane Rattenbury, Paul – one of the project participants, with more speakers to be announced.
On Thin Ice continues until Saturday 30 November.
Our deep thanks to Daniel and Amanda Ross and Diana Rodrigues from Canberra Recovery Services, Salvation Army, Kim Lester for audio editing and mixing assistance and Chrys Stevenson for editorial assistance.