MIRKA for Secondary Students
MIRKA is an immersive exhibition that reflects the artist’s trademark mischievousness and bohemian spirit, and shares her powerful story in vivid detail – as told through artwork, letters, sketchbooks and diaries, and recorded interviews.
This is an inquiry-based 90-minute workshop that includes a guided tour of the exhibition. Using Mirka Mora’s life and work as stimulus, students will explore the concepts of connection and fragmentation, and the many layers of the immigration experience. The workshop incorporates Mirka Mora’s experience surviving the Holocaust and immigration to Australia as well as personal accounts of other Holocaust survivors and post-WWII immigrants.
Teachers are provided with a “Mirka Manifesto” to continue to explore Mirka Mora’s life and work in the classroom. The manifesto includes activities that celebrate Mirka’s artistry, politics and joie de vivre and encourage students to reflect and embody these ways of being in their own lives.
There will be a short break during the workshop. Students will also have the opportunity to visit our permanent collection during their visit.
This program is suited to Years 7-10 (all curriculum types).
Image: Sarah Walker, installation view of MIRKA+ at the Jewish Museum of Australia, 2021