Ai Weiwei’s “Law of the Journey”

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Ai Weiwei’s “Law of the Journey”

“Ai Weiwei’s “Law of the Journey”, 2017, a 60-metre inflatable boat filled with more than 200 oversized figures, made from the same rubber used to manufacture the precarious vessels that carry refugees across the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece, fills the cavernous space of a former industrial workshop on Cockatoo Island in Sydney…

A remarkable part of Sydney’s Biennale, I’m glad I made it there for a flying visit. It’s time we changed our policy in this country. Spend our billions on UNHCR Processing Centres in Asia, negotiate a fair share of the security and response across those countries, put pressure on Myanmar about the Rohinga peoples. Re-enliven settlement programs, fund Multicultural Networks, be honest about the boats that are still coming and deal with the situation before they need to… being honest about it…

In the Hebrew Scriptures, the words “gûr” and “gēr” are often read as the “stranger,” though also translated as “newcomer” and “alien” or “resident alien,” respectively. There are arrangements about farmers retaining crops for those in need, encouragements to care for others and it’s part of the Israelites own story. In the New Testament, for example in Matthew 25: 31-40, where the stranger is Jesus in disguise…