Powerful, honest, heart-wrenching, Australia’s award-winning artists such as Ben Quilty, Janet Laurence and Abdul Abdullah have joined forces again to bring to Melbourne All We Can’t See: Illustrating the Nauru Files. The exhibition depicts individual interpretations of the leaked Nauru files exposed by The Guardian in 2016, illuminating the stark human cost of Australia’s policies of offshore detention.
Distinguished artists such as Blakdouglas, Stanislava Pinchuk, Khaled Sabsabi, Mirra Whale, Ian Strange and Hoda Afshar will be also be joining the tour, forming a growing visual petition about the urgency of the humanitarian crisis taking place on Manus and Nauru.
The Nauru Files are Australian stories. They are the consequence of Australian government policies, and they are shaping our national identity.
All We Can’t See urges us to read and engage with these important stories, so that we may understand not just the brutal reality of offshore detention, but also ourselves as Australian citizens. Can we live with these truths?