River on the Brink at the SH Ervin Gallery

Posted: October 6, 2019 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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River on the Brink at the SH Ervin Gallery
Menindee Fish Kill by Melissa Williams-Brown in collaboration with Bonita Ely
Badger Bates – Barka The forgotten river and the desecration of the Menindee Lakes 2011 linocut print 60 x 45cm
we saw this deeply moving exhibition yesterday, it was put together in 4 months in response to the fish kill in the Murray Darling earlier this year
the online catalogue is suberb
Elizabeth Farrelly wrote this passionate response last weekend
How many more fish will die before we start looking after our beautiful broken world?

  1. Nanette says:

    This breaks my heart! I lived in Wilcannia for 4 years, back in the 90s, and spent so much time down by the Darling, as well as back and forth to Menindee, and know Badger well.His work is evocative and telling. Somewhere in Canberra are the many reports, petitions and pleas I wrote asking that the water not be diverted to the cotton farms upstream, as the lack of water in the river correlated directly with the emotional and psychological health of the community. I collected data from the hospital to back this up, and it was evident that when there was water in the river, ie the farmers upriver released some, the numbers of suicides, violent deaths, and abuses of women and children dropped significantly. No-one listened! I hope they listen now.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Nanette))) it’s devastating, as the former Howard adviser and adman Geoff Cousins now water activist said at the opening,“There are two other rivers running wild and free right next to the Murray-Darling. The first is the river of greed. It’s running wild and free in full view … And the second river, well that’s harder to see. It’s a subterranean river that runs just beneath the earth and it’s coal black. It’s really a dark-coloured river. It is the river of negligence and denial.” It’s truly time to listen to the land and our First People.

  2. Els says:

    Oh Mo, what an amazing and SAD story …
    BEAUTIFUL (horrible) artworks !!!
    It’s ALWAYS the same isn’t it : men TAKING everything, regardless the consequences ….

  3. The terrible terrible can only be expressed with art and activism. Every Government on the planet has a lot to answer for. May all beings awake and push back with courage.

  4. Saskia says:

    shocking news, although it seems these days everyday is full of shocking news…….

  5. tovke says:

    Ecocide …what a accurate word. I have almost no words left for all dammage we give to our beautiful broken world.
    By we I really mean WE because we, people , want to Consume in any possible way.
    Mother earth is changing from nourrishing into destroying
    She will survive, we don’t.

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