Spent some more time today at the triennial and with Incoming by Richard Mosse, a work exploring the lives of refugees displaced and the trajectory of their movement across borders. The work is confronting and poetic, frightening and powerfully emotional, definitely recommend checking this out before the show ends next week.. I was also struck by how due I think to my own experiences knowing and working with refugees and recent asylum seekers within Australia, I was especially moved by these images, while I observed much of the audience appeared to see it but also not see it, as though desensitised but also perhaps just disconnected from the reality of these people.. I think there is a potential for this work to be read by local audiences as representing a problem that doesn’t exist here, that is far away from ourselves.. the reality is that these filmic moments of drifting and displaced bodies confined and contained across controlled spaces are representative of the reality that many people are experiencing on a daily basis through our government’s cruel regime.
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