- When10 February - 10 April
- Artists NamesSonia Leber and David Chesworth
Sonia Leber & David Chesworth
Where Lakes Once Had Water, 2020,
2-channel 4K UHD video, stereo audio, 28:14 minutes.
Presented across two screens, this immersive long-form video is a journey encompassing audio-visual realms, scientific endeavour and traditional Indigenous knowledge, stories and custodianship – a coalescence of efforts to understand the ancient land.
Sonia Leber & David Chesworth: Where Lakes Once Had Water was commissioned by the Education and Engagement program of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) in association with Bundanon. It was filmed on the lands and waters of the Mudburra, Marlinja, Jingili, Elliot, Jawoyn and Larrakia communities in Northern Territory, with additional filming and editing on Barkindji, Dharawal, Djabugay, Yidinji and Wurundjeri Country, and is the first of four art commissions that aim to engage artists with aspects of CABAH’s research to make new work that responds to, questions, and interprets the research for broader audiences.
Dedicated to researching and preserving Australia’s cultural heritage and natural environment, CABAH works across disciplinary boundaries, and seeks to garner broad perspectives of the past in order to engage new audiences with the story of ‘epic Australia’.
Symposium: Where Lakes Once Had Water – 12.00 – 1.30pm, 10 February. Bookings essential.
Photo: Sonia Leber and David Chesworth, Where Lakes Once Had Water (video still), 2020. 2-channel 4K UHD video, stereo audio, 28:14 minutes. University of Wollongong Art Collection. CABAH Art Series Commission in partnership with Bundanon. Filmed on the lands and waters of the Mudburra, Marlinja, Jingili, Elliot, Jawoyn and Larrakia communities in Northern Territory, with additional filming and editing on Barkindji, Dharawal, Djabugay, Yidinji and Wurundjeri Country.
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