International artist Candice Breitz, discusses her multiscreen video installation Wilson Must Go, 2016, a work that focusses on the current, worldwide refugee crisis, in conversation with director and producer Ivan O’Mahoney.
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Candice Breitz is internationally recognised as a leading contemporary photographic and video artist. Her latest video installation Wilson Must Go, 2016, considers the global scale of the refugee crisis. The work reflects on how celebrities are often treated by the media as more newsworthy than people facing real-world adversity. The film is based on interviews conducted with six people who have fled their countries as a result of a range of oppressive conditions: Sarah Mardini, who escaped war-torn Syria; José Maria João, a former child soldier from Angola; Mamy Maloba Langa, a survivor from the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Shabeena Saveri, an Indian transgender activist; Luis Nava, a political dissident from Venezuela; and Farah Abdi Mohamed, a young atheist from Somalia. The interviews were conducted in the cities where each individual is seeking or has been granted asylum (Berlin, New York and Cape Town).
Ivan O’Mahoney is a director, producer and co-founder of In Films. In former lives Ivan O’Mahoney was a lawyer and UN peacekeeper in Bosnia. His BBC film The Devil’s Footpath took him from Cairo to Cape Town through a non-stop line of conflict-riven countries. In 2010, he won a Walkley and a Logie for the Four Corners program Code of Silence and the Australian Directors Guild Award for the refugee series Go Back To Where You Came From (SBS), before co-founding In Films. At In Films, he produced Borderland for Al Jazeera America, a four-part series on illegal immigration. He directed the AACTA and Walkley-winning series Hitting Home with Sarah Ferguson and most recently completed The Queen & Zak Grieve, a series of films on mandatory sentencing for The Australian Online, nominated for the Australian Human Rights Award.