On #RefugeeWeek we share with you this striking commission from artist Khadim Ali titled ‘The Arrival of Demons’. The pictorial construction of this work is partly drawn from the illustrations that ghost the pages of the Australian passport, a document Ali, as a member of the Hazara community from Central Afghanistan, received only in 2015 after having lived in Australia since 2009. Images of apparently typical Australian subjects populate these pages, framed by overhanging native foliage that, as Ali describes, has the effect of separating the viewer from the scene before them. On receiving his Australian passport, Ali was struck by the way in which these images cast him as a viewer in a manner akin to his experience as a migrant – sat at the fringes, barely visible, peering in through the foliage upon scenarios to which he would possibly never truly belong.
MCA Foyer Wall Commission is proudly supported by Veolia Environmental Services
Image: Khadim Ali, ‘The Arrival of Demons’, 2017, courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery © the artist, photo: Ken Leanfore
Shared by mca_australia (MCA Australia) and selected for Featured.