'Tongue in Cheek' w/ Refugee Art Project

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'Tongue in Cheek' w/ Refugee Art Project

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We've collaborated with the the Refugee Art Project in Australia to present to you a beautiful piece of artwork by Mohammad Saeed. We came across the piece when reading the scores of articles surrounding the huge crisis that is changing the face of the world as we know it.

 

He's been in Australia for about 5 years but because of the government's deliberate policy of administrative cruelty towards refugees, he still lives in a state of limbo, without permanent citizenship, uncertain about his long-term future and with no rights to family reunion. He works night shifts as a cleaner. 

 

The paintings is called 'Tongue in cheek' and we called it that cause Saeed's a cheeky guy. He was one of those in detention who liked to play a lot of jokes and try to cheer people up. ”

 

 

The reason we decided to put this image on a t shirt is firstly to generate some cash for Mohammad for a great piece of artwork but also to give him the confidence to pursue further pieces or to put the money aside for essentials. We thought a lot of our songs are about current affairs, foreign policy and politics so why not bring the music and the reality face to face.

 

Despite the gesture being insignificant and small compared to the huge journeys millions of people like Mohammad Saeed are enduring across the world, we hope that the artwork fee and £5 per tee sold will help him and his family out in some way. Here is a bit of background. MR

 

“ The work is by Mohammad Saeed, a refugee from Pakistan who we met in the Villawood detention centre in 2011. He was in detention for about 2 years I think and is now living in the community in Western Sydney. That painting was made during Saeed's time in Villawood. He did a few paintings and drawings in our workshops, though he'd never made art before. 

 

 

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