All We Can’t See
Illustrating the Nauru Files
33 award-winning Australian artists, including four-time Archibald finalist Abdul Abdullah, Rockefeller and Churchill Fellowship recipient Janet Laurence, and acclaimed Australian painter Ben Quilty have joined forces in an Australian-first public exhibition entitled All We Can’t See which will depict individual interpretations of the leaked Nauru files exposed by The Guardian in 2016.
Created by Arielle Gamble and Daniel New with the support of Human Rights Watch, All We Can’t See aims to raise awareness of the human cost of Australia’s offshore processing policies by depicting a selection of the leaked Nauru files, which include 2,116 individual cases of assault, sexual abuse, self-harm, child abuse and abhorrent living conditions endured by asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru.
IMAGES IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
Janet Laurence, Untitled 2017, acrylic over mirror, 500 x 500mm. Ben Quilty, 23 August 2014 2017, watercolour pencil on paper, 450 mm x 550 mm. Photograph courtesy Ben Quilty studio. Penny Byrne, Leaking like a Siev 2011, repurposed porcelain figurines, enamel paints, wood. Image credit: Matthew Stanton. Abdullah M. I. Syed, Flesh and Blood 2016, photograph. Peter Gardiner, Burning house II (Devil’s Island) 2017, oil on canvas, 1500 mm x 1300 mm. Sam Harrison, Untitled 2017, Woodcut on fabriano edition 1/7, 1000 x 700 mm.
ALL WE CAN’T SEE: ILLUSTRATING THE NAURU FILES
Yellow House, 57-59 Macleay Street, Potts Point (NSW), 2 – 10 February 2018 – allwecantsee.com