Carmen has worked in the museum industry since 2004 and has been involved in many small and large scale displays, exhibitions, public programs and community engagement projects. Some of this work has covered controversial and sensitive topics relating to radical politics, mental illness, sexuality, female migrant experiences in the clothing and textile manufacturing industry and religion and spirituality. In order to explore these topics, Carmen worked alongside artists, photographers and film producers to create contemporary works that capture and document community stories.
Since 2011, Carmen has worked at Queensland Museum and has been instrumental in the development and delivery of exhibitions such as Bouncing Back from Disaster, Dressed by the Best: Fashion, Glamour and Gwen Gillam and Collectomania. As a part of a new and fresh approach to engaging different audiences at Queensland Museum, these exhibitions showcased community collections alongside the state’s collections to explore stories around Queensland’s unique climate, focusing on the summer of disasters of 2011-2012, trailblazing Queensland female fashion designers of the past and present and eclectic stories about Queensland collectors and collecting.
Carmen’s personal research interests include hidden women’s histories and cross-cultural history. Carmen is particuarly interested in migration stories and the history of Filipina women's experiences in Queensland. She is also interested in museums and the way they engage young people and the changing and diverse communities of today.
Bouncing Back from Disaster
Dressed by the Best: Fashion Glamour and Gwen Gillam