Banksia, the video work of a South Sudanese immigrant to Australia, was commissioned as part of the Rising festival in Melbourne.
Atong Atem used her work to poetically speak to the longer history of African immigration to Australia. She used historical and contemporary narratives of migration and immigrants in the video. Atem said her main interest is the way the physical landscape is an ongoing mechanism of colonialism. The great buildings are portraying the idea of European exceptionalism.
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Atem learned that the building where her art exhibits were displayed used to be where the Immigration Office was located a long time ago. She understood the significance of her being there. In the past, the very building where her video was being played is the place where it would have been decided whether she would be allowed into Australia.
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