James Tylor (AU)

Economics of Water

Image: James Tylor, [Economics of Water #2 (Divide)], 2018. Courtesy the artist.

Image: James Tylor, Economics of Water #2 (Divide), 2018. Courtesy the artist.

Economics of Water maps the damage that has occurred to the Murray Darling River system, which for over 65,000 years has sustained life in what is now Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. James Tylor—who is of Nunga (Kaurna), Maori (Te Arawa) and European (English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch and Norwegian) ancestry—documents the severely drought-affected Menindee Lakes region, as well as new photographs taken near Tallangatta, Victoria, on the edges of the Hume Dam. Each of the photographs are overlaid with gold geometric shapes, symbolic of non-Indigenous agricultural practices, fisheries, water diversion and other aspects of settler infrastructure.

This exhibition was part of PHOTO 2021’s expanded program and can now be viewed online on the venue’s website.


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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March