The Ligatures of Life

The Rescuers

Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers, designed as a projected exhibition by Willhemina Wahlin for PROOF: Media for Social Justice, displayed at the ArtWalk, Port Macquarie, Australia.

You are our guest, and if somebody must die in this house, they will first have to kill my brother and me, and then you.
— Đorđe “Đojo” Krstić - Bosnia & Herzegovina

PROJECT: Picturing Moral COurage: The Rescuers, artwalk, port macquarie

part of: Picturing Moral Courage (ongoing)

stakeholders: Proof: media for social justice, charles sturt university, port macquarie-hastings council

curator: leora kahn

designer: willhemina Wahlin

photographers: sonia folkmann, paul lowe, riccardo gangale, nikolas axelrod, neang sokchea, mirko pincelli

research focus: interpretative models for design and typographic representations of people's testimonies of trauma




Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers is a long-running project by PROOF: Media for Social Justice, and has been displayed in multiple languages and countries across the world. The Rescuers at ArtWalk Port Macquarie condensed the exhibition in order for it to be projected onto one of the town's police buildings. From a research perspective, the exhibition design focused on the development of interpretive models within design, and design experimentation was directed towards the typographic representations of people's testimonies. For more information on The Rescuers, click here.


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The documents below show the development of the Binary Identification method, based on the CHaSSMM Model. This method was developed further during the design of Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame.


The video below is the exhibition as it was projected at ArtWalk. Music Credit: Ibeyi.


This collection of images show each of the frames within the exhibition, as they were projected onto the brick wall of the police station at ArtWalk. Photos: Kristy Lomax and Willhemina Wahlin.

Visitor Responses

The sample of visitor responses below were informally collected. Visitors were invited to write comments on brown paper that covered a tree in the exhibition space.

For more information on other iterations of
The Rescuers, go to: