2017 Finalists

Treading Water, 2017

by Josh Owen

Finalist, 2017
Duration: 4 minutes 25 seconds
Single channel digital video

Artist's statement

Treading Water tracks a young woman as she approaches from the sea. We watch as she slowly bobs amongst the waves, beginning as a distant, foreign figure before becoming familiar as she struggles to stay afloat. The young woman is my friend Paung, whose parents immigrated to Australia from Burma as refugees a year before she was born. Treading Water is one face, a representation of the thousands who risk their own and their families’ lives to create a better future on Australian shores.