Announcing: 'INFRACTIONS' News

Announcing: 'INFRACTIONS'

1 September 2020

Premiering in Australia at the IMA INFRACTIONS is a feature length video installation in dialogue with frontline Indigenous cultural workers’ struggles against shale gas fracking in the Northern Territory.

On view 18 September–19 December, the film refutes capitalist and colonial models of land and water in the driest continent on earth.

As Australia becomes the leading exporter of planet-warming fossil fuels globally, and Asia and the EU plan to increase fracked gas imports, pressure on this region has intensified, threatening hard-won Aboriginal land rights and homelands.

As the camera connects incommensurable legal geographies, extractive industry, and labour history to ongoing Indigenous-led resistance and movement, defenders of culture and water from Ntaria (Hermannsburg), Marlinja (Newcastle Waters), Borroloola in Gulf Country, and Yallarm (Gladstone, Queensland) warn of stories of manufactured consent, and Indigenous legal theorist Irene Watson explains the limits of the Western international legal system for planetary survival and justice.

Read more about the exhibition here and join us across the coming months for the first Australian screening of this important work.

'INFRACTIONS', 2019, 1:03:00, HD video, split screen with text, Dolby 5.1

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18 Sep–19 Dec 2020

Frontier Imaginaries

14 May–09 Jul 2016

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.