Paper Armada, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, 3 - 28 November 2015
Paper Armada, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, 3 - 28 November 2015

Paper Armada is an installation of over 400 carved marble boats, created in response to current asylum seeker policies.

In January of 2015 the Australian government announced that 15 boats containing 429 asylum seekers have been turned back under Operation Sovereign Borders, yet in reality this number could be much greater as they refuse to disclose 'on water' matters.

The policy as with many policies before it, chooses to make a bureaucratic paper game of people’s lives, neglecting humanitarian obligations of refoulement.

All photos by Mark Pokorny.

  Paper Armada  2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 408 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable)

Paper Armada 2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 408 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable)

  Paper Armada  2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 408 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable)

Paper Armada 2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 408 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable)

  Paper Armada  2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 100 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable)

Paper Armada 2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 100 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable)

  Paper Armada  2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 408 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable) detail

Paper Armada 2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 408 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable) detail

  Paper Armada  2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 408 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable) detail

Paper Armada 2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 408 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable) detail

  Paper Boat I  2015, Pisanano marble, 20 x 20 x 40 cm

Paper Boat I 2015, Pisanano marble, 20 x 20 x 40 cm

  Flotilla  2015, Bianca Carrara, 5 pieces, dimensions variable

Flotilla 2015, Bianca Carrara, 5 pieces, dimensions variable

Paper Armada, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, 3 - 28 November 2015
  Paper Armada  2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 408 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable)
  Paper Armada  2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 408 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable)
  Paper Armada  2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 100 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable)
  Paper Armada  2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 408 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable) detail
  Paper Armada  2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 408 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable) detail
  Paper Boat I  2015, Pisanano marble, 20 x 20 x 40 cm
  Flotilla  2015, Bianca Carrara, 5 pieces, dimensions variable
Paper Armada, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, 3 - 28 November 2015

Paper Armada is an installation of over 400 carved marble boats, created in response to current asylum seeker policies.

In January of 2015 the Australian government announced that 15 boats containing 429 asylum seekers have been turned back under Operation Sovereign Borders, yet in reality this number could be much greater as they refuse to disclose 'on water' matters.

The policy as with many policies before it, chooses to make a bureaucratic paper game of people’s lives, neglecting humanitarian obligations of refoulement.

All photos by Mark Pokorny.

Paper Armada 2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 408 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable)

Paper Armada 2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 408 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable)

Paper Armada 2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 100 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable)

Paper Armada 2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 408 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable) detail

Paper Armada 2015, Bianco Carrara marble, 408 pieces, largest 12 x 25 x 12 cm to smallest 6 x 12 x 6 cm each (installed dimensions variable) detail

Paper Boat I 2015, Pisanano marble, 20 x 20 x 40 cm

Flotilla 2015, Bianca Carrara, 5 pieces, dimensions variable

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