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Melbourne: Exhibition: The Inflatable Refugee

18 June 2017 - 25 June 2017

Immigration Museum
400-424 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

0408 127 785 – 

18/06/2017  –  25/06/2017

Artists Schellekens and Peleman in conversation: 22 June, 6pm–8pm

This is a free event

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The ‘Inflatable Refugee’ gazes blankly into the distance. Has he arrived at a safe haven or will he be refused and be sent from whence he came?

His sheer size allows him to look over and beyond us and keep watch on the horizon, not limited by borders or documents. It makes him inescapable, undeniably present.

Do we see him as a human or as a problem? Is his presence an opportunity or a threat, devoid of human characteristics?

Belgian artist collective Schellekens and Peleman have chosen to create this inflatable figure from the same material as the boats used by human traffickers to cross the Mediterranean Sea are made from. The material is too fragile to withstand the waves of the sea, making the passengers on these boats extremely vulnerable.

Schellekens & Peleman in Conversation:
On 22 June, from 6pm to 8pm, Belgian artists Schellekens and Peleman will meet with local artists to discuss their respective practices.


18 June 2017
25 June 2017


Immigration Museum, Melbourne


Immigration Museum, Melbourne
400 Flinders Street
Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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