Talk | Empathy to Infiltration | 26 August

Talk | Empathy to Infiltration | 26 August

Please join us to celebrate our upcoming SOS exhibition:

Empathy to Infiltration | Michelle Stemm

1-2pm Saturday 26 August 2017

Exhibiting silversmith Michelle Stemm and human rights lawyer Nirupama Sivakumar discuss human rights issues in response to Michelle’s exhibition Empathy to Infiltration.

Drinks by donation. All donations will be gifted to the Australia Lawyers for Human Rights.


RSVP by Monday 21 August. Please note that numbers are limited due to space restrictions.


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About the speakers

Michelle Stemm is a silversmith based in Brisbane. Through her work she explores impact of human migration around the globe and the impact this has on communities.

Nirupama (Nim) Sivakumar is a recent graduate of a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Business at Griffith University. She has studied various areas of International Human Rights Law and Family Law and has undertaken the Refugee Law and Policy Clinic as well as the Griffith University Innocence Project Clinic. She is currently an Industrial Advocate at the Australian Workers’ Union, a volunteer at the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service, the QLD Convenor for Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR), the Vice President of Amnesty International Griffith and has been an active executive member of Griffith University Law Society in past years.

About ALHR

ALHR was established in 1993 and is a national association of Australian solicitors, barristers, academics, judicial officers and law students who practise and promote international human rights law in Australia. ALHR has active and engaged National, State and Territory committees and Specialist National Thematic Subcommittees. Through advocacy, media engagement, education, networking, research and training, ALHR promotes, practices and protects universally accepted standards of human rights throughout Australia and overseas.

About the exhibition

In 2016, Michelle Stemm conducted one-on-one interviews and researched social and print media to examine Australian citizens’ attitudes towards asylum seekers seeking protection in Australia and how their attitudes are formed.

Empathy to Infiltration aims to visually depict Stemm’s research findings through reclaimed serve-ware. Stemm uses recognisable symbols and motifs to express key messages that she believes shape the way Australian’s think and feel about asylum seekers.

SOS is presented in partnership with Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art. SOS is an exhibition space dedicated to showcasing the college’s best small object works from students, staff and alumni.

Exhibition continues to 4 November 2017.

Feature image: Michelle Stemm, Solid as a rock, 2016. Copper plate, stainless steel cable, sterling silver and river stone. Photo courtesy of the artist.