Water is our lifeblood and we need to protect and look after it, as it looks after us.
First Nations people of this country have been holding cultural responsibilities to sustain our waterways from time immemorial. Yet after just 230 years of colonial mismanagement, our ancient river systems are in grief; over-extracted, commodified, depleted and disrespected. Our rivers, in other words, are being bled out.
deadstream_TV is a selection of film and sound works centring the issues facing fresh and saltwater country and culture.
From the speculative marketplace in water futures to rorting of water allocations, excessive irrigation IS colonial violence. In streaming film and sound works made in reflection of a 2800km road trip I took with my children crossing at least 10 of the 27 Aboriginal nations that make up what is known in contemporary western terms as the Murray Darling Basin, an ancient and imperilled river systems, I am trying to channel this pain; a kind of spiritual blood-letting, through which thoughts -concepts -conversations -and First Nations perspectives -may flow.
SAT 23 MAY
Libby Harward is a descendant of the Ngugi people of Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) in the Quandamooka (Moreton Bay Area of Queensland). Known for her early work as an urban graffiti artist under the pseudonym of ‘Mz Murricod‘, and her performance-based community activism, Harward’s recent series, ALREADY OCCUPIED, engages a continual process of re-calling – re-hearing – re-mapping – re-contextualising -de-colonising and reinstating on country that which colonisation has denied Australia’s First Peoples. This political practice engages Traditional Custodians in the evolution of ephemeral installations on mainland country which has become highly urbanised and calls for an artistic response that seeks to uncover and reinstate the cultural significance of place, which always was, and remains to be there. Her current place-based sound and video work engages directly with politically-charged ideas of national and international significance.
Curator: Danni Zuvela
A Next Wave x Placemakers* Gold Coast co-commission. deadstream_DABILBUNG (brokenwater) is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and The Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.