Lachie Hinton – Lifejacket Mountain, 2017, oil on canvas

Lachie Hinton
Thu 13 June – Sun 7 July 2019

Opening Night: Friday 14 June, 6 – 8pm
Public Programs: Panel discussion, Saturday 15 June, from 11am
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm

LIMBOLAND brings together the entirety of Lachie Hinton’s work on human displacement, refugees and migration. It catalogues his response to two significant events regarding immigration in recent times; the European refugee crisis in 2016 and Australia’s controversial offshore detention of refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru. While his documentary of these issues presents different experiences of lives upended by conflict and oppression, it shares an exploration of the underlying theme of living in limbo. His series of paintings, drawings, photographs and documentary filmmaking seek to humanise ordinary people who have become displaced as a result of war and terror.

Opening night

Please join us for the opening night of LIMBOLAND on Friday 14 June, 6-8pm. On the eve of Refugee Week, this exhibition and opening night event will address contemporary issues surrounding refugees while acknowledging their contributions to our society. During the opening we will be screening LIMBOLAND, the documentary, which illuminates the realities of Australia’s offshore processing by unveiling the faces and stories of asylum seekers and refugees. Artist Lachie Hinton and photojournalist Mridula Amin document the lives of people detained there, revealing the psyche of living in limbo for more than five years on remote Nauru.

About the Artist

Lachie Hinton is an Australian figurative artist based in Sydney. His work explores the human experience of contemporary social and political forces. Examining humanity across contemporary society and culture, he characterises his subjects with an expressive interpretation of experience. Through painting, drawing and photojournalism, Hinton’s stylized imagery oscillates between crisis points and the quotidian moments of everyday life. Hinton’s art spans themes from human rights to beach culture and landscape. He is no stranger to zones of tension, having travelled to North Korea to capture daily life in the isolated nation in 2014, following the route of refugees through camps in Turkey and Greece during the European refugee crisis of 2016 and documenting experiences of refugees and asylum seekers indefinitely detained on Nauru in 2018. Hinton is inspired to communicate stories and ideas through his subjects often in adverse environments, illustrating social structures and frictions at play.

Public Programs

Panel discussion – Sat 15 June, 11:00am
To celebrate Refugee Week the Bas will host a panel discussion to broadly dissect themes highlighted in our current exhibition, LIMBOLAND by Lachie Hinton. This inclusive event invites visitors to hear from a panel of experts who will share their experiences and help provide insight into contemporary issues surrounding refugees. Audience participation welcome.

MC: Ian Campbell – Regional Director, Region Media Group and Founder of About Regional
Abbas Hussaini – Recent refugee to Australia
Bernadette Richards – Convenor, Refugee Action Collective Eurobodalla and former Strategic Intelligence, Investigations at the Department of Immigration
Zac T Quinn – Author and former support-worker, Manus Island

Share a meal, share a story – Sat 15 June, 12:30pm
Following the panel discussion, the Bas, in collaboration with ESC’s Community Development and the Refugee Action Collective, Eurobodalla would like to invite you to share a meal and share a story. This event is part of the official Refugee Week celebrations which uses food as the conduit of bringing people together. Coupled with storytelling we hope this event will educate while also providing an opportunity to meet new people and hear firsthand stories from a refugee. Please bring a plate of your favourite food that is representative of your ethnic or cultural background. All welcome.

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The Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre recognises Aboriginal people as the original inhabitants and custodians of all land and water in the Eurobodalla and respects their enduring cultural and spiritual connection to it. The Bas acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land in which we live and pays respect to Elders past, present and future.