by Alex Wisser
This was a work made for a group show “Rocking The Boat” at At The Vanishing Point Gallery in early 2010. The theme addressed the political badminton that boat people had become in both the press and the political sphere.
The video, called “Stay Awhile” is 30 minutes of duration of a locked shot, unedited, through a chain link fence of the industrial farm buildings of a battery chicken farm. It was displayed on an old television on a coffee table with two bean bags in front of it. The artist statement read “This work represents just 30 minutes of your time”. The idea was that gallery goers would not spend 30 minutes enduring the same time we subject detainees to for indefinite lengths.