04/12/2015
More than just 'boat people.'

Words by

Tara Smith

I Came By Boat is a poster campaign aiming to put a human face on the asylum seeker and refugee issue.

Internationally acclaimed make-up artist, Blanka Dudas, has teamed up with photographer Lucas Allen, producer Alexandra Allen and art director Simone Elder to produce a series of photographs depicting the ‘boat people’ who came to Australia for a better life.

By casting migrant Australians in a different light, Blanka hopes to shift the immigration debate in Australia to one built on human rights and compassion.

“We need to welcome people seeking our protection, regardless of how they get here,” Blanka states.

Key subjects of the posters include activist and law student Najeeba Wazedafost, founder of Miss Chu restaurants, Nahji Chu, and world leader in osteo-integration surgery, Munjed Al Muderis.  

The poster campaign is to run nationwide at bus and train stations if funding permits, which is why they need your help.

A crowdfunding campaign has been created to get these posters on the streets.

Because it’s important these asylum seekers and refugees are recognised as more than just ‘boat people.’

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