With Water

01 March - 24 March

Image: Sara Wayra, from the series water, for everyone, and nobody.

Water is life.


01 March - 24 March


Parliament Gardens [i]
Spring St, East Melbourne
24 hrs


Environmental Futures


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In With Water, three First Nations women from Australia, Bolivia, and Ecuador work with water in their photographic practices, as they
address ideas that sit close to them.

Elisa Carmichael uses water in the process of making cyanotypes. Her newly commissioned work for PHOTO 2024 pictures coastal erosion and human intervention taking place in the Rainbow Channel located between Minjerribah and Mulgumpin (Moreton Island), Queensland, where the artist’s great-grandmother was born.

Research-led documentary photographer, and winner of the Arles Discovery Award 2023, Isadora Romero explores the tradition of seed guardianship, and the role that seed guardians like her great-grandparents play in combating inequality and conserving resources for future generations.

Finally, Bolivian artist Wayra embodies the Andean tradition that sees water as the blood that gives life to Mother Earth, protects us, and links the cosmos, the world of the here and now, and the world below.

Curated by PHOTO Australia Supported by Creative Victoria and Jo Horgan and Peter Wetenhall

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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