Artist Lachie Hinton and photojournalist Mridula Amin travelled to Nauru in September 2018 to reveal the conditions of refugees and asylum seekers detained by the Australian government. Through art, photography and film, their multimedia project LIMBOLAND aims to capture the psyche of living in limbo on Nauru, humanising people who's stories have been hidden under the secrecy of offshore detention.
A multimedia exhibition of work will be presented by COMMUNE in Sydney from 23rd May 2019. A series of Hinton's mixed media paintings of portraits of refugees on Nauru including fieldwork studies and photographic prints will be exhibited in conjunction with Amin's photographs of refugees and asylum seekers captured throughout Nauru.
A live screening of LIMBOLAND will be shown as part of the exhibit.
LIMBOLAND (2018) illuminates the realities of Australia's offshore processing system, unveiling the faces and stories of refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru. Artist Lachie Hinton and photojournalist Mridula Amin travel to the remote island to document the lives of people who have been indefinitely detained for over five years, revealing the psyche of living in limbo on Nauru.
Lachie Hinton (b.1991) is an Australian figurative artist from Sydney. His work explores the fundamentals of human nature, spanning themes from human rights to sexuality. Examining the human condition, often in adverse conditions, he characterises his subjects with an expressive interpretation of experience. Through painting, drawing and elements of photojournalism, Hinton’s stylized imagery oscillates between crisis points and the quotidian moments of everyday life.
Mridula Amin (b.1993) is a Dhaka-born Australian Reporter and Photojournalist. Her work focuses on investigative reportage covering global crisis, migration and identity.
She graduated with a Bachelors of Media and Bachelors of Law (BA-Media/L.L.B) from Macquarie University, Sydney in 2018. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales as a Lawyer in 2018 and has completed photojournalism projects in Myanmar, Bangladesh, India and the US.
New York Times 2018: The Nauru Experience: Zero-Tolerance Immigration and Suicidal Children
FBI Radio 2018: Children on Nauru and the Uluru Statement
Sydney Morning Herald 2018: Life on Nauru’s ‘Limboland’ examined in new documentary