Based on Ryan Whitacre’s extensive research on The Liminalities of Queer people, the artwork titled “Caught Between States” delves deep into the intricate exploration of multi-dimensional liminality imposed upon queer migrants. Through this work, we shed light on the struggles faced by forcibly displaced individuals, who find themselves trapped in perpetual marginalization within new surroundings due to unjust immigration policies. Navigating through bureaucratic entanglements and obstacles reinforces their liminal existence, enveloping them in uncertainty.
Together, we embark on an exploration of the multifaceted dimensions of liminality, questioning how one can liberate themselves from the stifling bureaucracy. By examining the concept of “states” in this context, we reveal the various layers of liminality imposed on these refugees during their arduous journey towards safety and acceptance.
Wool and fibre
Andrew Chan (thecatwhoknits) is a multidisciplinary artist best known for his work in knitting, tapestry and fashion. Originally from Klang, Malaysia, he now lives and works on the lands of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin nations. Andrew uses fibre and yarn to create wearable pieces with a focus on narrative and conversation – often expressing and weaving together the intersectional stories of Queer people and people of colour. He is the recipient of Living Positive Victoria’s Community Development Award for their work in HIV advocacy. Following his 2022 show ‘Rebuilding Queerness’ with Graham Ho he is continuing to engage in representation and communal storytelling through his art practice.