Beyond Borders

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    Juanita Wilson AFL Queensland All Nations Multicultural team member Isaac Mach in Brisbane, 2014
    Medium
    Type C
    Dimensions
    Part of a 30 x 40” foam panel
    Image Credit
    Image courtesy Juanita Wilson

About the exhibition

According to the Refugee Council of Australia, there were 51.2 million forcibly displaced persons in 2013. As a signatory of the UN Refugee Convention, Australia has obligations to assist. Yet in an age of increasingly hardline policies, border control rhetoric overshadows human rights considerations. This is compounded by the largely negative portrayal of this vulnerable demographic in the mainstream media.

MAPgroup’s Beyond Borders documents the unique experiences of asylum seekers and refugees seeking a safer life under exceptionally challenging circumstances, through photographs and a multimedia production of short videos. Each of the 13 photographers explore varied themes including the universality of being a parent; the longing for loved ones separated by displacement or death; the difficulty of being torn between two cultures; and the importance of sports in building confidence amongst young people. But it is the words of the participants, woven into the exhibition, which are most powerful. Coming from a range of countries including Burma, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Jordan, Columbia, Iran and Somalia, Beyond Borders highlights their multifaceted experiences, stories and voices. And yet, these voices hauntingly suggest the countless others that will never be heard.

Beyond Borders reminds us that these are people, not problems. People who have much to contribute; people who have the same desires for their children; people who are resilient; and people who have so many stories to tell. Because it is through sharing personal stories that we can transcend the divisions between us- that we can go beyond borders.

Artists and Curator

Curator
Krystal Seigerman & Silvi Glattauer
Artists

Many Australian Photographers Group (MAPgroup) is an independent association of approximately forty documentary photographers who share a passion for, and commitment to, high quality, independent documentary photography (www.mapgroup.org.au).

Our members range from emerging photographers to well-established and experienced professionals, many of whom are recipients of national and international awards.

We use our various backgrounds and individual perspectives to explore diverse subjects. Through our photographs, we tell stories that might not otherwise be told by the mainstream media. And we produce enduring visual archives that will be of value to future generations.

Participating artists:

Andrew Chapman
Julie Bowyer
Rodney Dekker
Joseph Feil
Silvi Glattauer
Ponch Hawkes
Naomi Herzog
Jenny Hodge
Helga Leunig
Nicole Marie
Jim McFarlane
Tobias Titz
Juanita Wilson

 

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/02/2016 - 01/02/2020
Exhibition size
Under 50 sq or running metres
Originating state
VIC
Organised by
MAPgroup
Price
Contact to discuss
Web Site
http://beyondborders.mapgroup.org.au/
Accompanying materials available
Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities
Other materials
A multimedia production of short videos (approximate total running time is 1 hour). These are played in the exhibition space but are also housed on a dedicated website which can be used as an educational resource: http://beyondborders.mapgroup.org.au
Primary contact
Silvi Glattauer
Position
Co-curator and photographer
Organisation
MAPgroup
Phone
0417 377 962
E-mail
silvi@silvi.com.au
Secondary contact
Rodney Dekker
Phone
0412 998 173
E-mail
rodney.dekker@gmail.com
Acknowledgement
A MAPgroup exhibition, curated by Krystal Seigerman and Silvi Glattauer.