Writing Through Fences is a group of people who create – write or make art. Most of the members are or have been incarcerated within Australia’s immigration detention regime. A small group of non-refugee artists and writers resident in these lands are involved in collaborative, amplification and supportive roles.
Writing Through Fences aims to create a safe place in which writers and artists can explore their ideas, creativity, experiences and identities within, before and despite immigration detention. We aim to open a place to re-member, a place to launch our work from, and to push aside walls that would attempt to contain and destroy us and our work. We believe that creation is necessary to ward off the killing effects of destruction.
Writing Through Fences remembers that we are working, living, and imprisoned within the long colonial practices of division of country, of displacement and incarceration that is characteristic of Australia’s ongoing racist history. We remember that sovereignty has never been ceded.
No one can give us a voice and no one can take our voice away. Our voices are ours and we do with them what we will.