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Melbourne: Exhibition: The Inflatable Refugee
18 June 2017 - 25 June 2017
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
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.