Long water: fibre stories
Contributors: Freja Carmichael, Chris Chen, Katina Davidson, Rhett Hammerton, Rosita Holmes, Jenna Lee, Kimberley Moulton, Ellen van Neersen
Publisher: Institute of Modern Art
long water: fibre stories illuminates spiritual, ancestral, and physical connections to water through fibre practices of artists from Yuwaalaraay (North West NSW), Quandamooka (Moreton Bay, South East QLD), Kuku Yalanji (Far North QLD), Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait Islands, QLD), Yurruwi (Milingimbi Island, NT), and surrounding homelands. Together this group—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, spanning different generations and ancestries—share an inseparable relationship to water, be it the vast sea, inland waterways, or expansive river systems.
Collectively, long water celebrates the stories of regeneration and continuation of important cultural traditions, and the strong women and vital water places that sustain them. The country, and wide range of environments, practices, and knowledge represented speak to both deep time and contemporary experiences—bringing into focus the importance of water to our cultural health and our capacity for resilience.
long water: fibre storiesis a travelling exhibition organised by Institute of Modern Art (IMA), toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project has been assistedbythe Australian Government through its Visions of Australia program and the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; and String Harvest.long wateris generously supported byIMA Trailblazers.