Many Australian Photographers (MAPgroup), one of the country’s most recognised photographic collectives, have collaborated with refugees and asylum seekers on their latest project; Beyond Borders. Participants are from a range of countries including Burma, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Jordan, Columbia, Iran and Somalia.
They share some of their stories and experiences. This most recent MAPgroup project seeks to present an alternative view of some of the issues relating to asylum seekers and refugees in Australia.
The video production was screened on Sunday 22th of June, 2014 to coincide with celebrations of World Refugee Day on The Big Screen in Federation Square, Melbourne and was exhibited at Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka from 22 August to 20 September, 2015, as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. To find out more about the broader project, please visit the Beyond Borders website.
MAPgroup photographers involved in this project are Silvi Glattauer, Julie Bowyer, Tobias Titz, Ponch Hawkes, Morganna Magee, Nicole Marie, Joseph Feil, Andrew Chapman, Naomi Herzog, Jenny Hodge, Jim McFarlane, Helga Leunig, Juanita Wilson, Julia Millowick and Joyce Evans and Rodney Dekker. The topic of asylum seekers and refugees dissects our community, yet few of us have met, befriended or shared stories with people in the unenviable position of having to seek asylum in another country. If we believe Australia is the sum of all her parts, we as citizens all benefit from knowing more about this topic, and about the people in this position.