On a political level, a contemporary example of this dissolution of identity can be found in the practice of incarcerating boat people in detention camps. By law, these people are denied the right to be citizens, are referred to by number (much like the Nazi camps), and are not allowed to access services in the community. In addition to these strictures, there are policies in place that forbid journalists to photograph asylum seekers in detention as it may humanise them. This was documented on the ABC television show Media Watch, 7 July 2002, citing the DIMIA guidelines: ‘…will not photograph/film … people in detention …in a way that may be identifiable; noting that pixelling/blurring of faces is not sufficient.’
swipe : airports, borders and fences seeks to pursue the notion of lack of identity and alienation. The challenge is how does one articulate such a position without being merely descriptive? This work is largely autobiographical, as this seems to be the most ethical way of engaging with this topic.