In November 2017, I was invited to give 3 workshops and 2 performances in the context of the Magdalena Segunda Generación Festival – Women Voices, in Buneos Aires and Pinamar, Argentina.

#wecandobetter  #podemoshacerlomejor – installation performance, takes the Australian government’s immigration policy of refugees offshore processing and mandatory indefinite detention as a starting point.
It questions our empathy and acceptance of differences, and explores ways of opening up to others.

The installation consists of cardboard boxes, folded books printed with the “Nauru Files” on one side, and the “Senate Enquiry Report” on the other. A looped video projection gives a short historical background.
One social worker who was on Manus Island, one advocate and two refugees living in Brisbane tell personal stories through small speakers disseminated throughout the space.
First, the performer reads silently, then unfolds all the books one by one, then asks the audience to think about responses to personal questions.
The installation evolves throughout the performance. Suzon is joined by performers who have been participating in previous workshops, addressing local issues. The audience participate by holding the books, reading them, listening to stories and reflecting on their thoughts.

Performers: Suzon Fuks with Brigitte Cirla, Eleonore Bovon, Elisabet Maier, Laura D’Anna, Marie Tournemouly, Natalia Tesone, Veronica Moraga, Santiago Casal Buigues, & Viviane Santa Fe. Thanks also to Ana Woolf, Giorgio Zamboni, Luiza Bitencourt, Marcela Brito, Natalia Marcet & Sabrina Califano.

Suzon Fuks has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Special thanks to Vanina Garabenta 🙂