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Mourning The Missing

When a loved one goes missing, how do you hope? How do you grieve? How do you remember? How do you say goodbye?
Missing persons and their families are known through headlines and statistics. But they are not these things. They are parents, siblings, partners, grandparents, relatives and close friends. They are loved, they are missed and they are mourned.

‘Mourning The Missing’ was an arts health project conceived in 2015 to highlight the human face of the missing persons phenomenon and to tell the stories and support the grieving process of people with a loved one who has gone missing. During the project, ‘mourning garments’ were created by individuals with a missing person in their family or close friendship circle; and for groups identified as a high risk of going missing. More than art, more than beautiful clothing, these garments are stories of life, love, loss and grief.

They were exhibited in Burnie, Tasmania during Missing Persons Week in 2015 and in Hobart in September of the same year.  All who viewed them were deeply moved by the emotive quality of the garments and by the stories they told They went away with new perspectives and understanding about missing persons and their loved ones.

The Mourning The Missing Project has been documented in an e-book, which can be viewed and downloaded for free on the books page of this website.

Images for the Mourning The Missing Project

Photo Credits. Martin Fieldhouse. Madhouse Photography 2015

Megan Sharman – ‘The Memory Remains’ (Detail)

Anzara Clark – ‘Come home and be enfolded in safety and love…’ (Detail)

Mourning The Missing

Emma Dean
‘God Enters Through The Wound’

Megan Sharman
‘The Memory Remains’

Amy Gwen
‘Peace Be With You…’

Adrianna Duncombe
‘Connected – Disconnected’

Anzara Clark – ‘Come home and be enfolded in safety and love…’

Thai Tiger – ‘The Woman’

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