Gisela A. Züchner-Mogall – Institutionalised Suffering – The Tapestry of Nightmares

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Gisela A. Züchner-Mogall

Institutionalised Suffering – The Tapestry of Nightmares
Lino prints, mono prints, stamps, frottage & collage
Size: 28 (H) x 20 (W) x 2.4 (D) cm Book is 5.2 (M) long
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‘Institutionalised Suffering’ – Concertina Book, 26 pages

The variations of the linocut portrait give the ‘invisible man’ a face: Behrouz Boochani. I used part of the portrait, the forehead, to represent the mountains which are always in his thoughts*. MEG45, his prison ID, replaced his name. ‘Institutionalised Suffering’ measures 5.2 m. It’s length with columns of days symbolise the magnitude of long suffering. The daily stamps stand for uniformed bureaucracy, carried out by submissive helots. The first stamp, 230513, is the day Behrouz left his homeland. The last stamp, 141119, is the day when he was finally allowed to embrace New Zealand.

Will our christian[!] government ever treat desperate refugees with kindness?

* His memoir, No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison, won the Victorian Prize for Literature and the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Nonfiction in January 2019. The book was tapped out on a mobile phone in a series of single messages over time and translated from Persian into English by Omid Tofighian. {Wikipedia]

 

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