Sydney-based figurative artist Lachie Hinton's visual exploration of political tensions between national borders and the personal tension of life in detention is coming to Moruya.
His latest exhibition "LIMBOLAND" opens at the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre (the Bas) from 6-8pm on Friday, June 14.
Eurobodalla Council's arts coordinator Indi Carmichael said the exhibition was Hinton's response to two significant immigration events.
"LIMBOLAND presents in full Hinton's work around both the 2016 European refugee crisis and Australia's offshore detention program," Ms Carmichael said.
"We're excited to present this thoughtful and thought-provoking exhibition, which builds on Hinton's previous work exploring the effect of social and political forces on the human experience.
"Hinton is no stranger to zones of tension. He's previously presented work based on the experience of Sydney's prostitutes and daily life in isolated North Korea."
Ms Carmichael said it was a powerful show and the exhibition was timely, leading into Refugee Week.
"This exhibition isn't just for the arty types. It's for anyone who wonders what it is to be human when forces outside of your control overtake your life," she said.
"As a part of the opening we'll be screening the 2018 documentary LIMBOLAND, which Hinton produced in collaboration with photojournalist Mridula Amin when the pair travelled to Nauru to document the lives of people indefinitely detained for over five years."
On Saturday, June 15, from 11am, Ian Campbell will host a panel discussion with refugee Abbas Hussaini, former Manus Island support worker Zac T Quinn, and Refugee Action Collective Eurobodalla's Bernadette Richards, a former investigator for the People Smuggling Strike Team.
Following the panel at 12.30pm, a meal will be shared as part of Refugee Week, called "Share a meal, share a story".
"That's a collaboration with RACE which brings this Refugee Week initiative to the Eurobodalla: It's about people coming together to share food and share conversation. For example, what do you think is the difference between an asylum seeker, refugee, or illegal immigrant? What role can do you think art play in raising awareness about asylum seekers?" Ms Carmichael said.
The exhibition runs from Saturday, June 15 to Sunday, July 7. The Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm.
For more information visit the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre website thebas.com.au/exhibitions or contact Council's arts coordinator Indi Carmichael on 4474 1061.