En­gage­ment on asy­lum

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art -

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER and writer Marziya Mo­hammedali is ask­ing the public to con­trib­ute their ideas about asy­lum seeker detention to her project Re-fuge.

Mo­hammedali will be the artist-in-res­i­dency at ECU’s Spec­trum Project Space from March 10 to 14 and in­vites peo­ple into the gallery to col­lec­tively build and par­tic­i­pate in set­ting up in­stal­la­tions, while dis­cussing ideas of detention and re­sis­tance.

Re-fuge also in­cludes in­stal­la­tion works, photography and cre­ative writ­ing pieces by Mo­hammedali and works she has cu­rated from artists, ac­tivists and asy­lum seek­ers both in detention and living in the com­mu­nity.

“The show at­tempts to en­gage with and to re­store th­ese voices through the cre­ative space,” she said.

“I want to high­light how cre­ative works can be used to en­gage peo­ple in ways that tra­di­tional ac­tivism may not, while am­pli­fy­ing the voices that are of­ten ig­nored or un­der­re­ported.”

The res­i­dency will host sym­po­sium, Artivism and the Asy­lum Seeker Nar­ra­tive, at 5.30pm on Thurs­day, March 12.

Se­na­tor Scott Lud­lam will open the event and speak about chang­ing the nar­ra­tive around asy­lum seek­ers.

Other guests in­clude Simon Gilby, Sam Fox, Peter Wilkie and Sarah Ross.

Mo­hammedali will also run writ­ing and zine devel­op­ment work­shop, Cre­ativ­ity as Protest: Sub­ver­sion, Am­pli­fi­ca­tion and Era­sure on Satur­day, March 14 from 10.30am to 12.30pm with bookings at spec­trum@ecu.edu.au.

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