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The Welcome Collective 2015 by Sera Waters

The Welcome Collective  2015

35 x 60 cm

The Welcome Collective by Sera Waters

The Welcome Collective is a doormat series proclaiming ‘We came’, and arises in response to the ongoing barrage of unwelcome and unwelcoming political rhetoric towards refugees. These mats act as counterpoint by recognising that the majority of Australians share an immigrant past; most of us have been boat people and plane people, either recently or going back generations. Collectively and repeatedly, as a reiterated message on our doorsteps, these mats recognise that we have benefitted from making new and safe homes. I would like to think by remembering this we recognise the need to say ‘welcome’. I hope, with this message in mind, we can spread them to as many doorsteps as possible.

This iteration of the ‘We Came’ mat series has been distributed to many doorsteps along Sturt Street, Adelaide (and a few others nearby), for the FELTpublic exhibition, running from November 20-29 2015. (Note: In the past one was shown in the Ghostscapes exhibition at Fontanelle Gallery, Brompton, 2014).


This is an ongoing project and mats are available to be purchased upon request (via email).