Portraits of Invisible People adorn Mathers Place

THE City of Hobart has launched its third rendition of “Soapbox” – a cultural development initiative aimed at giving community and artists a “voice” via temporary billboards located in Mathers Place.
Images from “Portraits of Invisible People” highlight the unique perspectives of people with acquired brain injuries and the people in their lives.
Acting Lord Mayor Alderman Ron Christie said the project by Kickstart Arts in partnership with Headway Rebuilding Lives was a perfect project for Soapbox.
“This project reflects the strengths of our community and it’s great that we have an opportunity to share it in the public space,” he said.
“These images are so compelling – they remind us that there are different ways of being and of being resilient.
“They draw us into a world where personal relationships are often a matter of life and death.”
Portraits of Invisible People was a multi art form installation launched in 2010 at the Salamanca Arts Centre.
The two-year project examined the personal stories of people who, through a moment of brain injury, were forever changed – intellectually, emotionally and physically. The images displayed the aftermath of that moment.
Photographer Sean Fennessy, together with Richard Bladel from Kickstart Arts, collaborated with community members with acquired brain injuries and people in their lives to draw out their unique perspectives in life.
The City of Hobart’s Public Art Special Committee chairman, Alderman Bill Harvey, said the project consisted of three billboards which were installed in 2012 in the redevelopment of Mathers Place as part of the Inner City Action Plan project.
“The intention of the project is to install temporary vinyl billboards which will be a rotating mix of community projects and artwork projects,” he said.
“Mathers Place is a popular public space, an oasis hidden away within the city, where community members of all ages visit for services, shopping, activities, assistance or simply to find a peaceful place of respite.”

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