ReFramed What's Old is New Again

Ground Floor Gallery
Free exhibition, no tickets required

Dive into recent acquisitions and unearthed treasures from the State Library's heritage film and video collection. From stories of the Dreaming to visions of a future cityscape, this diverse collection of films contrasts the old against the new. 

Be transported across time as exciting contemporary interpretations of the State Library's heritage collections compliment older works such as classic government films and restored archival footage. Draw connections between past and present, see the themes of place and belonging reframed across generations, and revel in the eternal moment.

Cultural Sensitivity Warning

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this display may contain images, voices and videos of deceased persons.
Users are warned that there may be words and descriptions that may be culturally sensitive and which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts. Terms and annotations that reflect the attitude of the author or the period in which the item was written, may be considered inappropriate today.

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This page last updated on 13 December 2022