Event A Tour around the Mudflats

A Tour around the Mudflats


20 November 2021

Expanding on their recent E-Flux Architecture essay ‘A Tour around the Mudflats‘, Kaya Barry and Samid Suliman address the connections formed by migratory birds, people, places, species, histories, and futures. In response to Thao Nguyen Phan’s exhibition Becoming Alluvium, they explore how thinking with and through the journeys of migratory shorebirds of Moreton Bay—such as the Far Eastern Curlew and the Bar-Tailed Godwit—enable new ways of generating and perceiving connections between the very local and the distant elsewhere. By tracing real and imagined linkages between the Mekong and the Maiwar, they also consider the importance of contemporary art in helping us reimagine regional ecologies and human geographies in our warming world. This event is live at the IMA, Barry will join via Zoom, and the talk will be livestreamed via our Facebook page.


Guest Info
  • Kaya Barry is an artist and geographer working in the areas of mobility, migration, and art research. She is a research fellow in the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University, and is currently lecturing at Aalborg University, Denmark.

    Samid Suliman is Lecturer in Migration and Security in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science and a researcher in the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University.

A lone Far Eastern Curlew forages along the mudflat across the river from the Port of Brisbane. Photo: Kaya Barry.

Related Exhibition

Thao Nguyen Phan

Becoming Alluvium

09 Oct–18 Dec 2021

The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.