I haven't been with my family for a very long time

Accession Number ART93283
Collection type Art
Measurement image: 30 x 30 cm; sheet: 56 x 41.8 cm., Matted for size 6 Fini
Object type Print
Physical description linocut on paper
Maker Alizada, Reza Bakhsh
Place made Australia: South Australia, Murray Bridge
Date made 2003
Conflict Afghanistan, 2001-2021

Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright


'I haven't been with my family for a very long time' is subtitled 'I miss my family and wish they were here'. This work uses the simple motif of a family portrait to convey the intense feelings of loneliness and dislocation experienced by the artist. A family of ten are drawn in simple outline, with the face and features of one young member notably absent from the group. This work effectively illustrates the burden of isolation imposed by the Temporary Protection Visa system, whereby many asylum seekers became profoundly disheartened by the prospect of indefinite separation from their family.

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