Watch: The Inflatable Refugee art installation that hopes to eliminate fear

A Belgian art creation, 'The Inflatable Refugee' has floated into Australia's Melbourne, as a symbol of the dehumanisation of refugees around the world.

Deeksha Bhushan June 22, 2017 19:19:03 IST

An art installation titled 'The Inflatable Refugee' has 'floated' into the Yarrah River in Melbourne. Creators at the Belgian Art Collective Schellekens and Peleman say their five metre tall 'refugee' is made from the same material used to make the rafts that carry human traffickers as they cross the Mediterranean Sea.

A 'symbol of the dehumanisation of the refugee and the current refugee crisis happening in the world', the 'refugee' was created by the artists to represent how the Western world perceives refugees. They hope that the surrealism of the 'refugee' itself will help eliminate the fear that is constantly associated with refugees around the world.

So far, the 'refugee', with his blank skyward stare and lifeguard jacket, has only travelled within Europe, and his trip to Melbourne is his first outside the continent.

The refugee is visiting Melbourne on display in the Immigration Museum till 25 June, as part of Refugee Week. While his next destination is unknown so far, Schelleken and Peleman's 'Inflatable Refugee' has visited the European countries of Italy, Denmark, Sweden and Belgium so far.

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