DISPLACED NATION, a collection of work by Hugh Murphy, addresses the plight of refugees but also our reaction to their arrival on our shores. They are faceless, powerless, and living just a few streets away. The queue of refugees seems endless and anonymous. The only monuments to their plight are the orange lifejackets abandoned on the beaches of Europe. Asking people to be photographed wearing the lifejacket is to ask them to imagine what it must be like to take part in the journey from their homeland, to seek refuge and safety in Western Europe. The work is inspired by the photographs that document the mutability of refugees in camps and the inflatables as they traverse the uncertain seas.
Stephanie Deegan • Jacinta Moore • Hugh Murphy • Wesley Williams •