Refoulement, Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, 16 September - 11 October 2014
Refoulement, Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, 16 September - 11 October 2014

Refoulement continues a body of work begun about asylum seekers with Someone died trying to have a life like mine, taking up the issue from firmly on our shores. It asks us to consider the attempts of people to reach Australia at great personal risk and the safety and privilege in which we live our day-to-day lives. The works in Refoulement do not offer simple readings of the complex and problematic issue of asylum seekers. Rather inflatable life boats and palm trees embody the double standard at the heart of the issue; they are both rock solid and full of hot air. Upright life jackets stand for the individuals risking their lives at sea to reach our shores, each with their own story.

All photos by Mark Pokorny.

  Last Resort  2014, Wombeyan marble, steel, theatre lights, two pieces: 180 x 110 x 110 cm and 135 x 80 x 80 cm

Last Resort 2014, Wombeyan marble, steel, theatre lights, two pieces: 180 x 110 x 110 cm and 135 x 80 x 80 cm

  Last Resort  2014, Wombeyan marble, steel, theatre lights, two pieces: 180 x 110 x 110 cm and 135 x 80 x 80 cm

Last Resort 2014, Wombeyan marble, steel, theatre lights, two pieces: 180 x 110 x 110 cm and 135 x 80 x 80 cm

  A Paddle  2014, Wood and Bianco marble, 100 x 18 x 4cm

A Paddle 2014, Wood and Bianco marble, 100 x 18 x 4cm

  Life Vest M (Emergency) 2014,  Bianco marble, 54 x 40 x 30 cm

Life Vest M (Emergency) 2014, Bianco marble, 54 x 40 x 30 cm

  Life Vest M (Emergency) 2014,  Bianco marble, 54 x 40 x 30 cm 

Life Vest M (Emergency) 2014, Bianco marble, 54 x 40 x 30 cm 

  Life Vest M (Emergency) 2014,  Bianco marble, 54 x 40 x 30 cm

Life Vest M (Emergency) 2014, Bianco marble, 54 x 40 x 30 cm

  Durable Solutions 1  2014, Wombeyan Marble, spigots, halyard and steel, 140 x 95 x 12 cm

Durable Solutions 1 2014, Wombeyan Marble, spigots, halyard and steel, 140 x 95 x 12 cm

  Refoulement , Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, 16 September - 11 October 2014 (installation view)

Refoulement, Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, 16 September - 11 October 2014 (installation view)

  Refoulement , Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, 16 September - 11 October 2014 (installation view)

Refoulement, Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, 16 September - 11 October 2014 (installation view)

Refoulement, Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, 16 September - 11 October 2014
  Last Resort  2014, Wombeyan marble, steel, theatre lights, two pieces: 180 x 110 x 110 cm and 135 x 80 x 80 cm
  Last Resort  2014, Wombeyan marble, steel, theatre lights, two pieces: 180 x 110 x 110 cm and 135 x 80 x 80 cm
  A Paddle  2014, Wood and Bianco marble, 100 x 18 x 4cm
  Life Vest M (Emergency) 2014,  Bianco marble, 54 x 40 x 30 cm
  Life Vest M (Emergency) 2014,  Bianco marble, 54 x 40 x 30 cm 
  Life Vest M (Emergency) 2014,  Bianco marble, 54 x 40 x 30 cm
  Durable Solutions 1  2014, Wombeyan Marble, spigots, halyard and steel, 140 x 95 x 12 cm
  Refoulement , Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, 16 September - 11 October 2014 (installation view)
  Refoulement , Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, 16 September - 11 October 2014 (installation view)
Refoulement, Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, 16 September - 11 October 2014

Refoulement continues a body of work begun about asylum seekers with Someone died trying to have a life like mine, taking up the issue from firmly on our shores. It asks us to consider the attempts of people to reach Australia at great personal risk and the safety and privilege in which we live our day-to-day lives. The works in Refoulement do not offer simple readings of the complex and problematic issue of asylum seekers. Rather inflatable life boats and palm trees embody the double standard at the heart of the issue; they are both rock solid and full of hot air. Upright life jackets stand for the individuals risking their lives at sea to reach our shores, each with their own story.

All photos by Mark Pokorny.

Last Resort 2014, Wombeyan marble, steel, theatre lights, two pieces: 180 x 110 x 110 cm and 135 x 80 x 80 cm

Last Resort 2014, Wombeyan marble, steel, theatre lights, two pieces: 180 x 110 x 110 cm and 135 x 80 x 80 cm

A Paddle 2014, Wood and Bianco marble, 100 x 18 x 4cm

Life Vest M (Emergency) 2014, Bianco marble, 54 x 40 x 30 cm

Life Vest M (Emergency) 2014, Bianco marble, 54 x 40 x 30 cm 

Life Vest M (Emergency) 2014, Bianco marble, 54 x 40 x 30 cm

Durable Solutions 1 2014, Wombeyan Marble, spigots, halyard and steel, 140 x 95 x 12 cm

Refoulement, Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, 16 September - 11 October 2014 (installation view)

Refoulement, Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, 16 September - 11 October 2014 (installation view)

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