silent video in picture frame for group show RAFT, curated by Stephen Turpie, Allans Walk Artist Run Space. Jan 2010.
A raft from an American wartime propaganda film floats in the middle of an empty sea, but other images fleetingly appear. Jewish refugees on a the SS St Louis unsuccessfully seeking escape from the holocaust. Vietnamese refugees seeking escape from the consequences of a war involving Australians. Afghani and Tamil refugees escaping war and persecution by hoping to reach Australia.
Labor takes a weak stand. Abbott says send the refugee boats back. Fraser says you can't do that today - it may have been acceptable in the 30s, but not today. He's wrong - it wasn't morally acceptable to refuse refugees in the 30s. He's right, its not acceptable today.
A cold wind blows, a (d)RAFT.