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The Darling / Baaka River is the major tributary to the Murray-Darling River system – the largest system on the Australian continent.
French contemporary artist JR's multifaceted world-exclusive project for NGV Triennial, Homily to Country, draws into focus the complex issues of this river system as a consequence of intensive irrigation, climate change and drought. On 27 February 2021, a procession event featuring four 30m-long portrait photographs taken by the artist and carried by the portrait subjects themselves, including local farmers, orchardists and local Baakandji community members – made its way through the dry Menindee Lakes district in regional New South Wales to highlight the ecological decline of the Darling / Baaka River.
Some community members in the region are calling for a re-evaluation of the river policy and more sustainable irrigation practices, advocating for a new river management system based on ecological flows and Indigenous land management practices as a new benchmark to improve the health of the river.
Yoshua Okón’s Octopus 2011 is a two-screen video work by the Mexican artist Yoshua Okón.
In a provocation typical of Okón’s practice, he films a group of Guatemalan men in the parking lot of a Home Depot in California – a place where they and other undocumented workers gather to seek manual labouring work such as gardening – with the men performing the coordinated movements they were trained in as fighters, amongst unsuspecting shoppers and their cars.
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SANAA ferry terminal in Naoshima Island
Accounts of a Nuclear Whistleblower is a documentary that uncovers Australia’s dark history of nuclear testing. Avon Hudson describes the atomic tests undertaken by the British Government within the area of Maralinga, SA, in the 1950’s and 60s.
The film is an important reminder of this seemingly forgotten chapter of Australian history. Covertly undertaken at the time, these tests had devastating physical and social effects on the Maralinga Tjarutja people, citizens of the towns surrounding the test site, as well as members of the Royal Australian Air Force. Accounts of a Nuclear Whistleblower returns to Maralinga to explore this nuclear history that continues to echo into the present day, utilising archival footage and extensive interviews with Nuclear Activist and Whistleblower Avon Hudson.
“What Avon knew, and was prepared to tell publicly about Maralinga, contributed to the establishment of the Royal Commission into British Nuclear Tests in Australia (1984-85). This Royal Commission, ultimately, led to the Australian Government paying the Maralinga Tjarutja people 13.5 million dollars in compensation.”
– (Jessie Boylan, Photographer)