Our Precious Things We Left Behind

Gina Sinozich2003

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

In 1956 Gina Sinozich, her husband and two children secretly fled communist Croatia for political asylum in Italy. This painting represents Gina's imagined farewell to loved ones, showing her mother-in-law Maria in black, her own mother Antonia, her brother Riko and her best friend Gina. Many displaced migrants left in secret without telling friends or family, resulting in feelings of isolation, deception and loss. Gina said 'in my heart it was raining' when she left Croatia without saying goodbye to loved ones.

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  • Title: Our Precious Things We Left Behind
  • Creator: Gina Sinozich
  • Date: 2003
  • Location: Sydney
  • Type: Painting
  • Significance: This painting shows the impact of separation on migrant and refugee families. It is particularly poignant as an imagined scene of farewell, as in reality most displaced people, left their homes in secret and were unable to experience this.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Oil on wood
  • Dimensions: 460 x 605 mm, 2 mm, 0.76 kg
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Gift from Gina Sinozich