Border Protection


  • Stephen Copland



This paper investigates an installation of paintings exhibited at Macquarie University Gallery in 2009 in the exhibition called Raft – The Drifting Border (2002- 2004). The installation comprises of 147 miniature paintings depicting ever lighthouse in Australia. The title of the work, Border Protection is assembled to form the map of Australia. Borders like maps are a form of communication and information about places at different times and different situations. The installation identifies how the function of a lighthouse has changed as well as attitudes to the Australian coast with the division surrounding the asylum seeker debate