Water Rites

Exhibition and Shows

24 Sep 2021 to 20 Nov 2021 Once Only Event

Water is life; it holds memory; it is culture. A fundamental element of existence, it plays a leading role in ancient origin stories through to contemporary geopolitics. As sweat, tears and the ocean, saltwater indexes pleasure and pain, effort, escape and exaltation. As the planetary crisis continues to escalate, fresh water is at the centre of a rising speculative marketplace in (over-)allocations and futures. It is now the world’s most valuable commodity. There is a lot of weight on water. What is it like to be water?

This project critically examines our relationship to water from the situation of the driest state on the driest continent on earth, in a nation deeply under the spell of extractive industries. Water Rites positions water as a non-human agent through an array of vessels and acts, giving voice to water, its rhythms, needs and desires.

Guest curated by Danni Zuvela, Water Rites will be presented at ACE Open and is supported by public programs that run from July to November 2021 across public sites in Adelaide and further afield in South Australia.

Water Rites is presented as part of 2021’s Tarnanthi Festival – an occasion for art lovers and the general public to experience Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in all its diversity.


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Event Dates

Once Only Event

24 Sep 2021 to 20 Nov 2021

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