All human beings
Sydney : Ant Press, 2019. Small quarto, grey cloth with jigsaw puzzle pieces from a map of the world, unpaginated, pp. , printed by Avril Makula on Epson archival matte paper with pigment inks, text from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Power of Hope by Kon Karapanagiotidis, images by Oppen on Central Station, Sydney. Printed in an edition of six copies, signed and numbered by the artist. Housed in a clamshell cloth box lined with sections of a world map, each binding and box is unique.
‘This work, All Human Beings, is a response to The Power of Hope by Kon Karapanagiotidis, founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne. Aside from being a memoir The Power of Hope is also a call to action. Action can take many forms but the beginnings of all action lie within us and the connection of our humanity to the shared humanity of all people. Karapanagiotidis calls us to be more compassionate. It is this aspect of his book that I have picked up on. Recently my attention was drawn back to The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document reads as radical in this current era of ‘tribalism’ and rejection and fear of the Other. I have paired pertinent quotes from Karapanagiotidis’ writing with a selection of articles from the Declaration and illustrated the book with photos of people, just random people. They could be you, me, us, them. The photos were taken on Central Station in Sydney. I chose this location because of the randomness of those passing through and because the movement of particular people, asylum seekers, has become such a contentious issue.’ – artist’s statement