Why do people really become addicted to ice? What stigmas do they face and how do they recover?
“It’s really f****** hard, but it can get better.” – Ann, 38
“I’m making the choice to make a change. And I’ve never done that before.” – Mitchell, 29
“The dark tunnel that I was in for so long, I’m starting to see the light at the end of it.” – Nicole, 35
ABOUT ON THIN ICE
On Thin Ice is an arts-documentary collaboration between journalist and author Ginger Gorman, photographers Hillary Wardhaugh and Martin Ollman, sculptor Tom Buckland, and printmaker Jess Higgins.
Working closely and collaboratively with participants, the project tells the stories of local residents who are living with or recovering from addiction to crystal methamphetamine (ice) in a multi-disciplinary exhibition of images, text, sound and installation. The exhibition will debut at Tuggeranong Arts Centre from 7 – 30 November 2019.
The exhibition goes beyond headlines and stereotypes, beyond snap judgments and prejudices, beyond “meth crisis” and “ice epidemic,” empowering individuals to tell their own stories – stories of pain, of trauma, of loss and isolation, but also, stories of hope and of healing. Stories of addiction. And stories of recovery.
We are seeking community support to fund the design and printing of a high quality catalogue to accompany the exhibition and to preserve the participants’ stories in full.
The catalogue will feature six individual stories written from interviews with Canberrans about their experiences with ice addiction and recovery. Author Ginger Gorman has collaborated closely with the participants to develop these stories and to ensure that they retain agency in sharing their experiences.
The catalogue will also document the Arts Centre’s process for developing the project, and the original artworks created by the four collaborating artists, photographers Hilary Wardhaugh and Martin Ollman, sculptor Tom Buckland, and printmaker Jess Higgins.
In addition to being a valuable component of the exhibition for visitors, the catalogue will also be an important resource to support the development of a regional tour of the exhibition and project in 2020-2021.
Image credit: Hilary Wardhaugh, 2019.