Event You'll Know It When You Feel It

You'll Know It When You Feel It

Exhibition Opening

19 May 2023

Join us for the opening of You’ll Know It When You Feel It, a socially engaged art project that seeks to resist bureaucratic representations of women whose lives intersect with the prison industrial complex.

The evening will feature several performances including spoken word by community organiser and passionate freedom fighter Ruby Wharton.

Co-created by Raphaela Rosella with several women in her life, this intimate archival project has emerged over fifteen years. From phone calls to photographs, the exhibition unveils the ineptitude of ‘official records’ and examines their co-created archive as a site of resistance.

Presented in partnership with advocacy organisation Sisters InsideYou’ll Know It When You Feel It will be accompanied by a series of community-engaged programs led by contemporary Meriam/Munbarra artist and prison abolitionist Boneta-Marie Mabo—including performances, panel discussions, artist talks, and workshops.

Exhibiting Co-creators
Raphaela Rosella with Dayannah Baker Barlow, Kathleen Duncan, Gillianne Laurie, Tammara Macrokanis, Amelia Rosella, Nunjul Townsend, Laurinda Whitton, Tricia Whitton, and family.


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We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers, as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds.

The gallery entrance is on the ground floor of the Judith Wright Arts Centre, on Berwick Street. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities. We welcome guide and support dogs.

If you plan to attend and have specific support needs we can accommodate you. Please email engagement@ima.org.au, call (07) 3252 5750, or ask our friendly staff on-site. Read our access information for visitors here.

  • Partner:

    Presented in partnership with Sisters Inside Inc, a Meanjin/Brisbane-based organisation that supports criminalised women and girls, and their children, both inside and outside prison.


Raphaela Rosella and Tricia Whitton, 'Tricia', 2019.

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The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.