This is a Border (Town)

25. 10. 2016

A new life in a new town

Bordertown FULL EDIT from Malcolm McKinnon on Vimeo.


This video is the main artwork produced by Malcolm McKinnon as part of the This is a Border(town) artist-in-residence project. Here’s the synopsis for this 15 minute film:

Migrants and refugees come to Bordertown as part of their journey to create a new life. Often employed at the local meatworks, they spend long days on the production line and then go along to English language classes or citizenship training in the evening. Many migrants come to Bordertown alone, without their families. They send back money home and live in hope that, some day, their families will be able to join them.

Bordertown is a settled, stable country community. How might local people understand and extend a hand of friendship to these recent arrivals?

Malcolm acknowledges the generousity and openness of all of the people who were interviewed for the film. He also wishes to thank the Bordertown Migrant Resource Centre, Tatiara District Council, Bordertown Public Library and JBS Meatworks for their generous support of this project.

Malcolm McKinnon

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Artist Residency


James Dodd, Mark de Nys, Malcolm McKinnon



About the Artist

Malcolm McKinnon

Malcolm McKinnon is an Australian artist and filmmaker working mainly in rural communities. Over the past 25 years, his work has encompassed oral history, urban planning, public and community art projects, critical writing and exhibitions. His current practice is mainly focused around documentary filmmaking and social history, motivated by an appreciation of living memory and local vernacular.

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James Dodd

James Dodd is an artist who has a strong interest in public space and often works on mural scale and community oriented outcomes. He has a multi-faceted visual arts practice that embraces a range of painting and sculptural approaches. He exhibits regularly across Australia and has had his work collected by major institutions, including the National Gallery of Australia. Dodd is an educator at Adelaide Central School of Art and is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.

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Mark de Nys

Mark de Nys is a Limestone Coast based Visual Artist ,Educator and Musician,with a background in Engineering and Design, he has worked on large scale public artwork throughout Australia, taking energy from things never before made, re-inventing and re imagining always questioning, Why? This is a Border(town) offers the rare chance to engage with local Blokes via the Men's Shed along with industry and council members, the outcome is organic and fluid embracing Men's mental health, there may be Windmills! Hope to see you on the Journey.

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