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All We Can’t See: Illustrating the Nauru Files @ Fortyfive Downstairs


  • Fortyfive Downstairs 45 Flinders Lane Melbourne, 300 (map)

All We Can’t See: Illustrating the Nauru Files @ Fortyfive Downstairs  

In 2016 The Guardian published the Nauru Files, which were instrumental in exposing gross violations of basic human rights. The leaked incident reports written by staff highlighted cases of sexual assault, self-harm, child abuse and inhumane living conditions in the government sanctioned facilities. All We Can’t See is an initiative whereby artists are invited to illustrate the leaked Nauru Files, using art to express what cannot be otherwise seen.  Each piece in the exhibition responds to an individual file, individualising and humanising the bureaucratic language of the incident reports. The exhibition showcases the artworks of 30 prominent Australian artists including Janet Laurence, Ben Quilty and Abdul Abdulla.  So much of this narrative has been hidden, go and see what hasn’t been seen. 



31 July – 11 August 2018

Closed Monday

11AM – 5PM Tuesday – Friday

12PM – 4 PM Saturday and Sunday

FREE