Exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne seek to humanise asylum seekers, so they are not viewed exclusively ‘through the lens of their past suffering’.

Artists include Germans Max Ernst, who escaped arrest by the Gestapo and fled to America with the aid of Peggy Guggenheim, and Frank Auerbach, who was sent to England in 1939 but whose parents perished in the concentration camps. Then there’s Lebanese-born Palestinian Mona Hatoum, who became exiled in London after civil war erupted in Lebanon in 1975; Chinese Ah Xian, who sought asylum in Australia after the Tiananmen Square massacre; and Vietnamese Dinh Q Lê, who emigrated to the US to escape the clutches of the invading Khmer Rouge.

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