Soft Objects, Hard Borders: Collecting and Displaying Australian AIDS Memorial Quilts
“The Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt Project (1988-2007) generated 700 quilt panels. When the project disbanded, the Sydney quilts went to the Powerhouse Museum while the Melbourne quilts were placed under the management of the AIDS Memorial Candlelight Vigil & Quilt Project (Melbourne Quilt Project). Comparing the custodianship of the Sydney and Melbourne AIDS quilts, this paper will trace two distinct approaches to the collection and display of LGBTQ+ objects. It suggests that in the encounter between soft objects and hard museum protocols, the texture of curation must become more pliable if it is to sustain new possibilities for community inclusion.”
Vu Tuan Nguyen
Vu Tuan Nguyen is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney in museum studies. His thesis Queer Museology seeks to develop a theoretically and practically informed approach to museum work that integrates queer histories, identities, communities and issues at its core.
Vu Tuan will be speaking on day 3 of the conference