Ballarat child abuse survivor and advocate Peter Blenkiron, has described himself as a damaged man, working full time to find healing from the abuse suffered at the hands of a St Patrick’s College Christian Brother when he was 11 years old. Peter, a former electrician, has spent over a decade working on rewiring the remnants of his Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affected brain.
Capturing his journey of healing through the lens of a smartphone, Peter’s photographic diary – Putting The Pieces Of The Self Together One Moment At A Time offers rare insight into the inner world of a child abuse survivor as he slowly learns to re-inhabit his body and mind. Navigating his scarred neural pathway he looks for fragments of light in the darkness.
The story of one, is the story of countless others. A monumental artwork by Doug Moran and Archibald Prize finalist, Daniel Butterworth, features 30 portraits of child abuse survivors and advocates. Combined the paintings are a symbolic representation of the incalculable number of children abused in the Ballarat district and those who have helped them break the silence. Together they share a vision of societies working effectively to protect children and to reverse the destructive ripple effects linked to childhood trauma, including mental health issues, suicide and premature death.
“The exhibition is confronting at times interwoven with sheer beauty and optimism” – Vanessa Beetham Advocate/Curator.
The exhibition includes video recorded in Rome documenting Peter’s intensely personal reflections to the Royal Commission Hearings March 2016.
This exhibition is a joint collaboration between Blue Knot Foundation, The Dax Centre and funded by Creative Victoria.