Engagement on asylum
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.