The twelve books comprising Nathalie’s work Looking for Paradise have been purchased by the State Library of NSW and should be available for viewing next year.
This work looks at past and present policies that different governments instigated to help or deny entry to people in need of a ‘Safe Haven’.
This project is a reminder of Australia’s responsibility as a first signatory of the United Nation Human Rights Charter.
Over 12 books, Nathalie brings the stories of these refugees, often relegated to the margins of society, to the centre of the page.
The books are presented in a barbed wire cage alluding to the restrictive movements imposed on refugees.
In parallel to the fate of many refugees, drawings of the Australian bush and botanical specimens are referencing the First Nation people often equally displaced from their lands.