“She went hysterical when I was taken away and it took two people to hold her down.” “I used to look into prams. I was convinced that I was going to find her.” “As for my birth father, I don’t know anything other than his name.”
These are just some of the harrowing quotes from transcripts compiled on the History of Adoption website by Monash University: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/historyofadoption/
This tragedy of recent Australian history forms the foundation of the electroacoustic work Imago: for flute, voice and electronics. The piece responds to the multi-faceted stories of those affected by Forced Adoption within Australia as well as societal attitudes and the eventual governmental apology to the victims. It was created with the generous support of Marian Quartly, Emeritus Professor of History at Monash University and Judith Hendriksen whose book Coming Home To Truth is the basis for the narrative which bookends the piece
Imago features on the album Other Voices curated and performed by Lamorna Nightingale. The recording features Lamorna Nightingale on flute, Jane Sheldon soprano and Fiona Hill on live electronics.
Imago is one of three works featured in an education kit released by the NSW Department of Education.
Imago was created with the support of APRA AMCOS Art Music Award and the Australia Council for the Arts.