Performing Statelessness

Performing Statelessness is a creative and practice-led research initiative that foregrounds stateless communities’ voices and lived experience to investigate what it means to be stateless in the context of Australia. This project extends established legal notions of ‘stateless’, generally used to discuss national citizenship. This pilot project stages an encounter between practicing artists who identify as having a First People, Asylum Seeker or Refugee background to understand the connections between their communities.

Developed in partnership with The Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, University of Melbourne, and initially staged at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum. Performing Statelessness provides a space to collaboratively explore innovative and culturally responsive methods in the creative arts that foster collective political imaginaries and address shared issues faced by Diaspora communities and First Nations People.