Behind the Wire is an award-winning oral history project documenting the stories of the men, women and children who have been detained by the Australian government after seeking asylum in Australia.
The project comprises a book, an exhibition, a podcast, audio stories, films, a series of portrait photographs, and a large-scale video installation at the NGV International, as part of White Night 2018.
The project won the 2017 Australian Human Rights Commission Media Award and the 2016 Oral History Victoria Community Innovation Award. The Messenger podcast won the Grand Award at the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Awards, the 2017 Walkley Award for Radio/Audio Feature, and Best Radio – Documentary at the UNAA Media Awards. Our exhibition at the Immigration Museum, They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention, was chosen for the Contribution to Multiculturalism by a Community Organisation award at the 2017 Melbourne Awards. It also won a 2018 Museums and Galleries National Award for best Temporary or Travelling Exhibition.