The Journey Of A Million Miles Begins With One Step – the Stories of Beyond Refuge, 2016-2017
4 up-cycled abandoned boats from Waiheke Island, Washi Origami paper, 2-channel sound, emergency blankets, saris, clay and wood
The Journey is a partnership between Tiffany Singh and the Auckland Resettled Community Coalition (ARCC) that takes abandoned boats and utilises them as sound shells for refugee stories to be heard in a celebration of tolerance and diversity. Communicating real experiences is a way to humanise the politicisation of immigration within New Zealand and elsewhere and strengthen conversations around resettlement. Singh hopes that communicating personal stories is a way to redefine understanding of what it means to be a part of a community that comprises the settled and resettled. The work highlights the partner’s belief that sharing an important issue, whether it be a social, historical or political, can bring about change through the persuasiveness of a shared voice.
The refugee stories have been generously brought to life by Jennifer Ward Lealand, Michael Hurst, Lynn Freeman, Wallace Chapman, Frankie Stevens, Jesse Mulligan, Jaqui Clarke, Victor Rodger & John Hawkesby.