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Touring Australia with the support of the IMA is INFRACTIONS, a feature length video installation in dialogue with frontline Indigenous cultural workers’ struggles against threats to more than 50% of the Northern Territory from shale gas fracking.

In the last decade, amid an unceasing mining boom, neo-paternalistic policies have aimed to reverse investments in remote Aboriginal homelands and land rights.

With the lifting of a moratorium in the Northern Territory in 2018, British, US and homegrown settler mining companies exploit the weakness of Indigenous rights paradigms – explained in the film by Professor Irene Watson – to plan the expansion of a toxic, planet-warming industry across vast, ancient underground water systems. This is a climate justice film.

Featuring: Dimakarri ‘Ray’ Dixon (Mudburra); Jack Green (Garawa, Gudanji); Gadrian Hoosan (Garrwa, Yanyuwa); Robert O’Keefe (Wambaya), Juliri Ingra and Neola Savage (Gooreng Gooreng); Que Kenny (Western Arrarnta); Cassie Williams (Western Arrarnta); the Sandridge Band from Borroloola; Professor Irene Watson (Tanganekald, Meintangk Bunganditj) contributor to the draft UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 1990-1994.

Director/Research/Camera/Sound: Rachel O’Reilly; Producer: Mason Leaver-Yap; Editor/Visual Research: Sebastian Bodirsky; Camera: Tibor Hegedis, Colleen Raven (Nharla Photography); Sound mastering: Jochen Jezussek; Map visuals: Valle Medina, Benjamin Reynolds (Pa.LaC.E); Subtitles: Katharina Habibi.

Commissioned by KW Berlin Production Series, dedicated to artists’ moving image (supported by the Julia Stoschek Collection and OUTSET Germany_Switzerland), with additional support from the Australia Council.

About Rachel O’Reilly

Rachel O’Reilly is an artist, writer/poet, curator and educator.  She teaches the seminar 'At the Limits of the Writerly' at the Dutch Art Institute and is a Phd student at Goldsmiths University writing on relationships between mining and culture. She was previously a curator at the Australian Cinematheque at the Gallery of Modern Art | Australian Cinematheque, Brisbane, and researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy. Her artistic work and research have been presented internationally, most recently at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; E-flux, New York; and UNSW Galleries, Sydney. Recent curatorial collaborations include Ex-Embassy with Sonja Hornung and Planetary Records: Performing Justice between Art and Law with Natasha Ginwala.

INFRACTIONS is a travelling exhibition organised by the Institute of Modern Art, with public programs supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.




A public talk with Gooreng Gooreng Elders Juliri Ingra and Neola Savage, and Yallarm/Gladstone-born artist Rachel O'Reilly about the making of INFRACTIONS 2019, currently showing at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum (GRAGM). 

The panel will address climate change from the experience of First Nations and talk about collaboration, solidarity and education through art. This is the final day to see the film at GRAGM.

When: 10.30am, Saturday, 10 April 2021

Where: Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, Cnr Goondoon & Bramston Sts, Gladstone QLD

RSVP by 3pm, Friday, 9 April 2021. Phone (07) 4976 6766 or email

Cost: FREE

We ask you that you do not attend if you; have returned from overseas or a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days, have cold or flu like symptoms, have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

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