Where the heart is…

‘Where the heart is...’ was exhibited in multiple prominent locations around Brisbane through Adderton Everywhere.

In ‘Where the heart is…’ eight people from refugee backgrounds share, through a photographic exhibition, their stories of survival, who they are now and how they want to be seen.

The ‘Where the heart is..’ project provided a space for people from a refugee background connected to the Queensland program of assistance to survivors of torture and trauma (QPASTT) to tell their story in their own words, and to be seen the way they choose to be seen.

For people from a refugee background, leaving one’s homeland unfolds, not as an adventure, but as a survival imperative – violence, discrimination and other hardships force people to flee, often under the cover of darkness, perhaps bribing one’s way across borders. Family bonds are jeopardized when loved ones are left behind and there is the fear that you may never see your loved ones again.

It was envisaged the process would help reinforce a sense of personal identity and help clarify participant’s new social roles. An interesting and unexpected outcome of the process is it became clear successive generations made sense of their refugee experience in different ways.

“Where the heart is…” reflects the insight of these different responses to a new culture and a new country with particular challenges and opportunities. Several people connected to QPASTT and staff were also involved in the project as participants, learning skills in interviewing and taking photographs. Their knowledge, enthusiasm and skill is appreciated.

* Image of Sanyu supplied as part of QPASTT’s ‘Where the heart is’ project.  Photographed by Mark Crocker with Meron


‘Where the heart is…’ exhibitions were prominently displayed in public spaces between late-August to December 2020 through Adderton Everywhere.

17 November to 10 January 2021
600 Stanley St, South Brisbane

13 October to 30 November
1/153 Racecourse Rd, Ascot

These installations are proudly sponsored by:






27 October to 17 November
Booval Fair Shopping Centre
Cnr Brisbane & South Station Rd, Booval

29 October to 20 November
Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown
Corner of Calam and, 661 Compton Rd, Sunnybank Hills

6 October to 26 October
Capalaba Park Shopping Centre
45 Redland Bay Rd, Capalaba

1 October to 22 October
Logan Central Plaza
74 Wembley Rd, Logan Central

2 October to 23 October
Redbank Plaza
1 Collingwood Drive, Redbank

31 August to 28 September
Brookside Shopping Centre
159 Osbourne Rd, Mitchelton

11 September to 1 October
Toombul Shopping Centre
1015 Sandgate Rd, Toombul

Friday 2 October
8:30am to 12 noon

Bulimba Memorial Park
(Positioned close to playground)


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