Waiting for Asylum: Figures from an archive

11 June – 7 August 2011

Ten years since the SIEV X tragedy, the plight of the asylum seeker still provokes strong political, emotional and ideological responses across all ranks of Australian society. Working with the Fryer Library archive of refugee ephemera, collaborating artists Ross Gibson and Carl Warner interpret the precarious position of the asylum seeker in Australia past and present. 

Curators: Dr Prue Ahrens & Michele Helmrich

Project Researcher: Professor Gillian Whitlock


  • Listen to or download MP3 Soft Power: Art, museums and international diplomacy panel discussion 3 August 2011 here


  • Watch Waiting for Asylum: Figures from an archive on Vimeo here
  • View 'Asylum art strikes a chord at UQ' here

Ross Gibson and Carl Warner
protection 2011
C-type photograph and blackboard paint
Source material courtesy of Fryer Library, The University of Queensland
Reproduced courtesy of the artists