The Australia-Indonesia Museums (AIM) Project

Over 2021-2022 SEAMS will engage with the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, Deakin University and Western Australian Museum (WAM), and a number of partner museums in Indonesia, to conduct the Australia-Indonesia Museums (AIM) Project.

Traditionally, exhibitions have been conceived within a national frame of reference. However, more recent approaches address the challenges of decolonisation and stress trans-national connections and movement.

Through AIM Project, curators from Australia and Indonesia has developed an online collaboration exhibition: tetanggaexhibition.com

This exhibition is part of the ongoing challenge to the legacies of colonialism. By proposing a new way of understanding the significance of objects in our collections, museum curators in Australia and Indonesia, together, have creatively re-examined the interpretation of museum collections. Many objects and stories contained in this exhibition also illustrate the historic and contemporary connections and flows of people, ideas, and objects between Australia and Indonesia.

Through a process of co-curation with practitioners and academics in Australia and Indonesia, the AIM Project will develop new approaches to understanding how these often-difficult histories are collected and displayed and will result in a prototype for understanding the cross-cultural significance of objects and how they are interpreted.

The AIM Project will do this through a series of facilitated workshops, and ongoing mentoring and knowledge exchange, resulting in an online exhibition of 15 objects that will act as exemplars of the collaborative approach.

Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, the AIM Project will be led by Deakin University's Cultural Heritage Asia-Pacific Group in collaboration with the Museum Nasional Indonesia, the Western Australian Museum (WAM), the Southeast Asia Museum Services (SEAMS), and a number of partner museums in Indonesia.

For more information on AIM Project, visit www.aim-project.org

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