“Australia over the last two decades has been one vast psychological study in which our leaders have desensitised a nation to the plight of others” – Richard Flanagan.
[REDACTED] is a publication that aims to shed light on asylum seekers in detention. Using the Nauru Files published by The Guardian, it attempts to create connections between the daily lives of two different communities; the asylum seekers on Nauru and everyday Australians. Extracts from the incident reports are paired with experiences from everyday life. At first glance the scenarios seem to be similar, yet it is through their similarity that the profound difference between the experience of asylum seekers on Nauru and Australians is revealed.
The artefacts in this publication were designed to mimic objects in real life scenarios. It was important to stay true to the reports and to respect the individual experiences of the asylum seekers on Nauru; therefore spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors were kept as is for the publication.