All We Can’t See: Illustrating the Nauru Files

2-10 February

The Yellow House Gallery, Potts Point

57 — 59 Macleay Street, Potts Point,  NSW 2011

An exhibition that sees over 30 leading Australian and International artists illustrate the stories unearthed in The Nauru Files, illuminating the human cost of Australia’s offshore detention policies. Featuring artworks by 30 leading Australian artists, including Aida Tomescu

An exhibition illustrating the Nauru Files to raise awareness about the human cost of Australia’s offshore detention policy.



In August 2016 The Guardian published The Nauru Files, leaked incident reports written by staff in Australia’s detention centre on Nauru between 2013 and 2015. These files detail 2,116 individual cases of assault, sexual abuse, self-harm, child abuse and abhorrent living conditions endured by asylum seekers in the care of the Australian Government.

Despite the harrowing nature of the files, the centre continues to operate as before – the conditions remain and the abuse is ongoing. In the absence of media access to the island, our objective is to illustrate these stories through creative expression, using art to shed light on all we can’t see. Each file will be illustrated by a different artist.


In a carpet made of water, in a carpet made of earth I, 2017 oil, silver and gold pigment on Belgian linen, 183 x 91.5cm

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