In the Process of Healing

Artist Statement

My vision is to give hope. To document the invisible lives, drowned by society’s attempts to maintain normalcy through keeping their eyes shut, pretending that lives don’t exist, referring to them as numbers.

Located in the former Sacred Heart Convent and supported by the Ballarat Welcome Centre and Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council, “In the Process of Healing” is an immersive site-specific installation of photography and sound, which tell a story of hope and survival of one Tamil family seeking asylum in Australia. With their faces hidden, the images convey a sense of fear and hope for their future.

Separately, there is a second installation dedicated to the survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Ballarat and beyond, featuring a ‘Chair of nails’ sculpture and a sound compiled by the artist. Both exhibitions are located in the historic former Ballarat Convent building, and have been designed by the artist as contemplative spaces intended as spaces to think deeply about the legacy of institutions and the healing journeys of people. 


“Very theatrical, stimulating. When you go to the room, the ‘Chair of nails’ is very stark, but very evocative too. Most theatrically exciting thing for me was coming out of this room and having to walk through the photographs again, and see them in a different emotional state of mind. Beautifully theatrically presented.”

“Thought-provoking, sensitive and empathetic” , “Powerful exhibition”,This is a profoundly insightful, immersive experience, just totally nails it.  

“Aldona has an unquestionable commitment to her craft as both a social documentary photographer and as a wonderfully creative artist with her personal work. “

Curator Fiona Marshall speaking with Kirsten Diprose, ABC Radio Ballarat

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