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"Queue Here: Twelve Artists Explore Refugee and Displacement Issues"
2002-11-15 until 2002-12-14
Canberra Contemporary Art Space
Queue Here is an exhibition of 12 contemporary artists exploring the notion of ‘the queue’ in
connection with current refugee issues and the global problems of displacement. What are
the politics of queues and how are they managed? Queues are formed by those queuing –
but, who determines where it starts and ends?
What shape does it take and how fast does it
move? How is our idea of home and place changed by displacement? How do artists
engage with these complex social and political issues in ways that enhance the debates and
promote tolerance and a respect for human rights?
The art works in Queue Here range from a very loud set of portraits of politicians with
stitched up mouths to the quiet space created by a series of stools with icons of Australia.
This exhibition challenges the traditional forms of political art and engages with the viewers
in a wide variety of ways all bound to be, at the very least, moving and thought provoking.
Queue Here shows how contemporary artists are committed to practices that are socially
and politically relevant whilst investigating formal and aesthetic aspects of art.
Artists include: Margaret Baguley, Angelina Brazzale, Penny Cain, Amanda Davies, Gregory Donovan, Paul Gazzola, Pat Hoffie, Peter Latona, Julie Love, John Vella and Holly Williams and Aseem Pereira.