Barka, The Forgotten River

Sunday, 25 July 2021

Barka, The Forgotten River

10:00am - 5:00pm
Maitland Regional Art Gallery
230 High Street, Maitland, NSW, 2320

From the organiser...

Barka, the forgotten River reflects the love artists Badger Bates and Justine Muller have for the Barka, or Darling River – “our mother and the blood in our veins” – and its people, the Barkandji.

Indigenous peoples across the globe looked after their environment in a sustained manner for thousands of years; nowhere was a system so sophisticated than with the first peoples of Australia. Throughout time conventions, world summits, protocols have tried to protect her, our environment, our habitat, to little or no avail. At a local level, the exhaustion of the individuals fighting on their own ground, in this case to save the Barka-Darling River, is palpable.

Badger and Muller ask us to listen, and act. Their works are not of despair, they are works of strength, compassion and resilience, and through them they invite the rest of Australia to partake in a story that is no longer local but global.

Touring from Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

Barka, The Forgotten River | A collaboration between Badger Bates, Justine Muller and the Wilcannia Community
Maitland Regional Art Gallery
June 12 – November 21
Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Image. Justine Muller, River of Hope (detail), 2018, river clay footprints, sand and found objects sourced from the Barka around Wilcannia

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