Sally Brownbill

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12/1/2012

Centre for Contemporary Photography.

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Exhibition 12 December 2011– 8 February 2012

Summer Night Projection Window
Studies in Rising and Falling – Kiribati
John Howland and Anna-Maria O'Keeffe
As joint recipients of the 2009 Commonwealth Connections International Arts Residency, artists John Howland and Anna-Maria O'Keeffe travelled to the Pacific nation of Kiribati for four months to develop artworks in response to sea levels rising and climate change.

This video features footage from the interiors of fresh water wells (Te Maneba) and the setting and retrieval of eel traps (Te Uu) in the ocean. The work was produced with the assistance of local eel fishermen and permission of owners of the wells. To capture the well imagery a system of fishing line and scaffold made from local materials was assembled, allowing a waterproof camera to be lowered slowly into the wells. The observational footage shows two aspects of daily life in Kiribati, which has remained largely unchanged in the long history of subsistence living and continues in accordance with natural rhythms.

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