Part of the ARTillery Sydney project created by Amnesty International
PINE STREET GALLERY, NSW, AUSTRALIA
The piece was a response to the issue of Asylum Seekers in particular the stimulus 'Out of Sight, Out of Mind'.
This work invites an individual to reflect on the journey of an asylum seeker, through gathered true-life stories.
This immersive audio installation asked audiences to understand the importance of identity and the consequences of forced assimilation, by playing with the procedure which asylum seekers are catalogued with upon entry to Australian immigration detention facilities.
Members of the public were invited to fill out paperwork and have their photo taken before disappearing through a door into a small, dark space. The viewer peaks through holes and sees partial scenes from the studio; people viewing other art works, crowds chatting or people looking towards the installation itself, seemingly oblivious to what or who might be inside.
The viewer’s photograph is issued with a number, generated from the paperwork and displayed. The viewer watches their own photo develop through the peep holes.
A soundscape floods the box, true, personal stories about life as an asylum seeker.
Mark would like to thank and acknowledge the translators and voice artists; Margarita Gershkovich, Brynn Loosemore, Nina, and also Tom Bannerman for the expert construction of the piece.
"An unusual, surreal and distorting experience" - Audience member
"I work with asylum seekers, i had no idea." - Audience member
"If everyone could view this we would view each other differently." - Audience Member
Listen to the experience here