Delissa Walker, ‘Daintree rainforest’ (detail), 2019. Photo: Rhett Hammerton.

long water: fibre stories

long water: fibre stories illuminates spiritual, ancestral, and physical connections to water through fibre practices.

About the exhibition

Artists in long water: fibre stories are from Yuwaalaraay (North West NSW), Quandamooka (Moreton Bay, South East QLD), Kuku Yalanji (Far North QLD), Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait Islands, QLD), Yurruwi (Milingimbi Island, NT), and surrounding homelands. Together this group—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, spanning different generations and ancestries—share an inseparable relationship to water, be it the vast sea, inland waterways, or expansive river systems.

long water: fibre stories is curated by Freja Carmichael, Ngugi woman from Quandamooka country.


Susan Balbunga, Mandy Batjula, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Sonja Carmichael, Fiona Elisala-Mosby, Janet Fieldhouse, Helen Ganalmirriwuy, Ruth Nalmakarra, Paula Savage, Lucy Simpson and Delissa Walker.

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long water: fibre stories was a travelling exhibition organised by Institute of Modern Art (IMA), toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project was assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program and the Australia Council for the Arts.


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An artwork by Elisa Jane Carmichael and Sonja Carmichael consisting of ghost net, fibres and fish scales
Elisa Jane Carmichael and Sonja Carmichael, ‘Circle of Life and Light’ (detail), 2019. Ghost net, wire, nylon fishing net, synthetic fibres and fish scales. Dimensions variable. Photo: Carl Warner.
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