Mandatory / Monument (II)
With the very recent news deaths of a Rohingya man on Manus Island and an Iranian asylum seeker on Nauru, Australia's indefinite mandatory detention of refugees is in especially strong focus this Refugee Week.
How are we to mark this? Mandatory / Monument, salutes the survivors, and asks the audience whether they will remain complicit bystanders. And how can we take responsibility for those who are still ensnared? This Refugee Week and everyday after that I stand #withrefugees.
Naomi Hamer is a Sydney based emerging artist whose practice is interested in textiles as a medium for social justice and art activism or craftivism and is currently focused on protesting Australia’s mandatory detention of refugees. Text and the woven form are prominent features in her work, often exploring experimental ways of weaving and creating three dimensional forms.
Main photo credit: Leila Schubert, (2017); inset photo credit: Catherine McElhone (2018).