Juanita Wilson AFL Queensland All Nations Multicultural team member Isaac Mach in Brisbane, 2014
- Type C
- Part of a 30 x 40” foam panel
- Image Credit
- Image courtesy Juanita Wilson
Tobias Titz Walat Barka comments on her experience of losing her father before she was born, 2014
- Type C photograph
- Part of a 30 x 50” foam core panel
- Image Credit
- Image courtesy Tobias Titz
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
- Krystal Seigerman & Silvi Glattauer
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.
Available Dates and
- Available dates
- 01/02/2016 - 01/02/2020
- Exhibition size
- Under 50 sq or running metres
- Originating state
- Organised by
- Contact to discuss
- Web Site
- 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
- Co-curator and photographer
- 0417 377 962
- Secondary contact
- Rodney Dekker
- 0412 998 173
- A MAPgroup exhibition, curated by Krystal Seigerman and Silvi Glattauer.