– Juan Davila –
By February 2014
In Issue 51.3, February 2014, on war, Chilean-born, Melbourne-based artist Juan Davila presented 'White Australia's Ghost', a series of watercolour paintings considering the refugee and Australia. Davila explained:
It seems that our culture requires for its survival a vilified figure like the refugee. We steal from them their rights and their freedom. We dupe them. We put their symbolic treasure in circulation for political gain. We delegate belief to the politician’s discourse and deprive ourselves of the naive belief in the other and their potentials.
Juan Davila, Untitled, 2012–13, detail; gouache and ink on paper, 50 x 65 cm; courtesy Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, Melbourne; photograph Mark Ashkanasy; © Juan Davila