Locked Inside @ Belconnen Library

Locked Inside @ Belconnen Library

A new touring exhibition ……..  Locked Inside
An installation by Ibtihal Samarayi at the Belconnen Library and an exhibition of artworks by asylum seeker artists and children in the Belconnen Gallery

Monday 1 – Friday 19 December 2008

Locked Inside will be opened by Professor Lyndall Ryan, University of Newcastle at Belconnen Library, 6:00pm on Tuesday 2nd December 2008. This exhibition is dedicated to Jan Wawrzynczak.

Artist Ibtihal Samarayi explores detention and freedom through a series of huge padlocks which will be installed in the Belconnen Library.  Ibitihal’s work comes from her experiences as an Iraqi artist who lived in refugee camps in Iran and Turkey before gaining a permanent visa in Australia.  She would like the detainees’ experiences to be communicated to the public and feels a deep responsibility as an Iraqi refugee to support them.

The artist worked closely with refugees whose own artworks also form part of the exhibition to be displayed in the second venue of the Belconnen Gallery.  Letters by detainees, photographs, media coverage and artefacts from Australian detention centres will also be on display.

Locked Inside is a unique touring exhibition, the scale of which has a profound impact on its audiences, and gives genuine insight into the plight of refugees in Australian detention centres. The tour of Locked inside is proudly supported by Kultour – an initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts – touring multicultural arts, changing Australian culture.

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