Refugee Action Collective Eurobodalla invite you to HOPE FLOATS – an exhibition of art made by refugees held in detention, to be held at Gallery Bodalla from Thursday 11 April continuing over Easter weekend. See dates below.
The works include digital images and works made on paper.
The use of art and creativity to keep up hope in the face of long and indefinite periods of detention, is highlighted by the exhibition.
One of the young artists featured has been detained in an Indonesian Detention Centre for many years, despite never having committed a crime and being a refugee who has escaped life-threatening persecution.
Shah, who fled from Afghanistan to seek safety, uses art to, “encourage creativity not negativity.”
“It’s true that my body is prisoner. No one can imprison my thoughts, my heart and my art.” says Shah.
‘Hope Floats’ offers a view into the artists’ lives in arbitrary detention, and the role of empathy, humanity and beauty in their efforts to survive. The exhibition runs through to Easter Sunday 21 April.
All proceeds go directly to the artists, who struggle to pay for basic needs.
Gallery Bodalla is in the heritage post office, Princes Hwy, Bodalla.
All enquiries to 0421 238 174.
‘Hope Floats’ at Gallery Bodalla
Thursday 18 April & Saturday 20 April
Easter Sunday 21 April
Closed Good Friday
[ Credit for image: ‘The Caged Bird Flies’ by Shah Tawasulli ]