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The Last Resort: Saskia Wilson in-conversation
Thursday 15 August 2019, 3.00—3.30pm
Please join us for an in-conversation between CCP Curator of Exhibitions, Madé Spencer-Castle and artist Saskia Wilson, who will be discussing her series The Last Resort, a photo essay of Greece exhibited as part of the inaugural CCP Photo Fair. The Last Resort draws attention to the tension between Greece's reputation as an ideal Mediterranean holiday destination, and the place it has assumed in the current global refugee crisis. More pointedly, the series underlines our shared humanity, irrespective of labels, privilege, or personal circumstance. Saskia will discuss her varied photographic practice, which spans documentary, fine art and commercial fields, and how her personal work is underpinned by a strong interest in social justice, youth development, education and environmental awareness.
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About the Artist
A Sydney-based photographer and educator working across documentary, fine arts and commercial based practices, Saskia Wilson has been commissioned by numerous leading editorial and commercial clients, with her works gracing the pages of publications including Vogue, Elle, Instyle, GQ, Artist Profile, and Frankie Magazine.
As an entry point to Europe and a beacon of refuge from conflict, Greece was inundated by more than one million refugees and migrants arriving in 2015 and early 2016. While a European Union refugee deal which was struck with Turkey in 2016 slowed the number of people arriving, still hundreds reached shore each week, adding to the already estimated 60,000 who were stranded.
Wilson documented Greece over two separate visits in 2016 and 2017, and The Last Resort makes sophisticated commentary over the delicate balance at play. Her wistful, softly lit images provide visual clues, which–as writer Drew Rooke explains–”are enough for us to question the concepts of ‘refugee’ and ‘tourist’.”
“These concepts are antonymous, one embodying ultimate suffering, the other embodying ultimate privilege, and they now intersect in Greece more so than in any other country... Are the five kids playing in the shallows enjoying school holidays or a rare moment of innocent, childhood fun, free from the threat of death? Are the silhouetted men fishing by the water’s edge on vacation or on the long waiting list of those seeking asylum? Is the lone women by the window on a ferry on her way to visit friends and family, or on her way to freedom?”