Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Reflecting on the Marginalised

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Reflecting on the Marginalised

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Byline: Jude McBean Director Grafton Regional Gallery

IMAGING the Margin, an exhibition presented by Nathalie Hautog-Gautier and Penelope Lee, examines the marginalisation of refugees.

The artists have examined the journeys undertaken, the borders crossed and the living on the edges of other societies experienced by refugees.

To do this, the artists have made long sheets of paper imprinted with watermarks and made of various coloured fibre and embedded paper forms into its surface. The paper has been hung in vertical strips in the gallery space for text and images to be projected onto its varied surface. The artists used paper as it is strong and fragile and able to be broken down and remade, like our lives and the lives of refugees.

The artists have projected words drawn from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Refugee Council of Australia Charter. The images are inspired by their study of illuminated manuscripts undertaken when the artists were in residence at the Cite Internationale des Arts in 2015. The form and meaning of the series of paper panels represent the literal, conceptual and cultural space of the margin.

The artists responded to how in the Middle Ages people believed that those who lived beyond the edges of their own known world were not only strange but monstrous. Through a fear of the unknown they were perceived as strange and monstrous creatures.

Illuminated manuscripts of the time showed these strange beings relegated to the margins of the page.

In this way they were marginalised and so excluded from the main text and pictures of society.

Imaging the Margin: Journeys, Borders and Living on the Edge offers an opportunity to quietly contemplate the plight of the refugee.

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