Alexandra Olijnyk


First Commission inspired by Hurricane: rally against a social injustice.

Artist Statement:
Offshore is a response to the abhorrent treatment of asylum seekers by the Australian government. At different moments, the piece represents the boat journey to Australia, the hopelessness, injustice and dehumanisation of rotting in an offshore detention centre, and our own lack of empathy in the face of others’ suffering.


Alex Olijnyk – Bachelor of Music (Interactive Composition), 2018
Hamish Keen – Bachelor of Music (Interactive Composition), 2019

Additional Credits

Jessie L. Warren – Vocals and Lyrics
Helen Shen – Violin
Grace Gilkerson - Cello


23rd Aug 2019

 Further information

Type: First Commissions
School: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music