A new exhibition opening in Longford this week aims to tell some of the more violent stories of the town's past.
Titled Crime Scene, the project comes as part of the 10 Days on the Island Festival taking place across the state in March.
The project, from a group of artists with family roots in Longford who see describe themselves as part of the "Longford diaspora", is one they say is unique to the town.
That group includes writer Anna Gibbs, Elizabeth Day, Noelene Lucas and Julie Gough - whose work investigates conflicting histories, many involving her family's experiences as Tasmanian Aboriginal people.
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Four video works addressing historical murders or acts of violence in Longford and its surrounds will be projected on the sides of a crime scene tent.
“It highlights the violence of the colony of that time," Lucas said. "It sort of highlights the whole of the island was like a crime scene.”
“We all have a connection to it. Little towns can forget their history.”
“There’s no readily available history facility in Longford, so in a way doing this kind of thing brings history back into Longford in a different kind of way."
Taking place between 1825 and 1867, the four events include a number of murder cases.
Gough's Spectre traces the shooting of an ancestor. Gibbs' Forensic Research weaves some shared histories together too, reconstructing the alleged murder of Captain Thomas Hammant - one of Lucas' ancestors - by the son of Gough and Gibb's own ancestors.
“Not many people make contemporary art about this kind of stuff. I think it's important it's done on a number of different levels," Lucas said.
“It’s also another way of looking at the past and crime.”
The exhibition marks the second time the group have shown work in the town, with a previous project in 2016.
The opening event will take place at the Longford Town Hall on Friday, March 15, from 5pm to 7pm.
Crime Scene will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm, March 15 to 17.
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