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My Exhibition Pieces. Asylum 2015

This is titled, “Australia Gives the Finger to the United Nation’s Convention on Refugees”

Kim Foale _MG_1429_5486

image by Robin Roberts

As my artist statement I used excerpts from the ASRC fact sheet 2013. www.asrc.org.au

Asylum seekers who enter Australia without a valid visa by boat or plane are not illegal. They are permitted to enter without prior authorisation because this right is protected by Article 31 of the 1951 Refugee Convention which recognises they have good cause for entering without a visa.

No offence under Australian law criminalises the act of arriving in Australia without a valid visa for the purposes of seeking asylum.

The allegation that boat arrivals are not genuine in their appeals for protection from persecution is untrue.

Kim Foale _MG_1430_5487

image by Robin Roberts

Kim Foale _MG_1431_5488

image by Robin Roberts

My second entry is titled, “Delicate Flowers Failed to Bloom”

asylum Kim Foale

image by Kim Foale

When reading patient records from the New Orleans City Insane Asylum I wondered if some of the women were really insane or if they were just inconvenient or opinionated?

New Orleans (La.) City Insane Asylum

Record of Patients, 1882-1884; 1888

Excerpts of

This woman is a Raving Maniac who can give no account of herself. She is naked in her cell.

Finding her insane, suffering from Stupidity.

She laughs constantly: when asked a question she gives a sharp answer, which is sometimes correct, but generally not.

Suffering from Delirium of Persecution, the result of unrequited love


Asylum is on at the Sidespace Gallery until the 15th of November. Open daily from 10.30 am – 4.30 pm

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  • Elephant's Child November 7, 2015, 6:29 am

    Our treatment of asylum seekers shames me.
    And women frequently were locked up for being inconvenient. A local mental asylum discovered that women had been sent there – and never released – for the crime of pregnancy outside marriage.

  • Deborah November 7, 2015, 2:27 pm

    Your work makes a very strong statement. I admire your voice..

  • smartcat November 8, 2015, 12:33 am

    The term hysterectomy comes from the fact that women were given them to “cure hysteria”! Which was probably no more than frustration at being treated like a child for life!