Memory and Longing by Debra Rankin will be part of her exhibition Family Matters at the Serpentine Gallery in Lismore.
Memory and Longing by Debra Rankin will be part of her exhibition Family Matters at the Serpentine Gallery in Lismore.

Alienation inspires art

Debra Rankin’s exhibition Family Matters is bound to challenge the viewer.

Her works examine the topic of parental alienation, which she defines as “the creation of a singular relationship between a child and parent, to the exclusion of the other parent.”

“Through my art practice I wish to bring awareness to the issue of parental alienation in the context of child custody disputes and the legal culture that facilitates the process of alienation. Parental alienation is psychological child abuse. I wish the Family Court of Australia would take a stand... It has been my experience that it does not. I am not alone; Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show 2.5 million Australians are denied access to family members because of Family Law proceedings. I wish to inform, educate, and bring awareness to this tragic social issue and the legal culture that facilitates and profits from family dysfunction.”

The exhibition is on at Serpentine Arts Gallery in Lismore with an official opening on Friday, May 7, from 6.30pm. It runs until May 15.


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