This video presents traces of a muffled protest which spread from Cockatoo Island around Australia. As both sides of politics sought to profit by invoking fear of asylum seekers during the 2010 election campaign, boat-people.org invited friends and strangers across the nation to appear in public spaces in a collective display of dismay. The work was developed during the 2010 Cockatoo Island Artist Residency Program.
boat-people.org is an art gang which has been making public work together around race, nation, borders and history since 2001. The group's work primarily exists as ephemeral events in cityscapes, but has also appeared in exhibitions around Australia, in the US and Germany.
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