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.