Where Lakes Once Had Water at TarraWarra Museum of Art

Where Lakes Once Had Water, an exhibition that is audible as much as visible, features a large-scale, dual-screen 28-minute video work Where Lakes Once Had Water (2020) that transports us to remote ancient dry lakes of Australia's Northern Territory. In 2018 and 2019, the artists travelled with a team of Earth scientists who were investigating changes in the climate, landscape and ecology in the Northern Territory. Their journey took them to the remote, ephemeral Lake Woods, to Nitmiluk/Katherine Gorge and to Girraween Lagoon— to the lands and waters of the Mudburra, Marlinja, Jingili, Elliot, Jawoyn and Larrakia communities.

The exhibition also features three new sound, video and sculptural works. Sound Before Sound I: One and Three Scores (2022), Sound Before Sound II: Auditioning the Archive (2022), and Sound Before Sound III: Lyrebirdity (2022) explore sound, landscape and the archive.

Sonia Leber and David Chesworth: Where Lakes Once Had Water
TarraWarra Museum of Art
Wurundjeri Country, Healesville, Australia
30 July to 13 November 2022
Tue-Sun 11-5
Curator: Victoria Lynn
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Where Lakes Once Had Water at Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin new cinema and contemporary art

Rencontres Internationales Berlin
17 August 2022
"Ecosystem Assembly" temporary exhibition at
Haus der Kulturen der Welt Auditorium, Berlin

Rencontres Internationales Paris
2-8 May 2022
"Ecosystem Assembly" temporary exhibition at
Amphi d'Honneur, Beaux-Arts de Paris

We, The Masters at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

We, The Masters is being shown as part of ACCA's Who’s Afraid of Public Space? in one of four galleries redesigned to reflect on the role of the art institution as a civic space for gathering, discussion, education and discovery. 

Who’s Afraid of Public Space?
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
4 December 2021 to 20 March 2022
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Installation view: detail of gallery curated by Andrew Atchison L-R: (lower) Clement Meadmore, Eugenia Lim, James Nguyen & Victoria Pham, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Tom Nicholson, Reko Rennie; (upper) Ross Coulter, Kent Morris; (centre) ASAP

Where Lakes Once Had Water at Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra

Where Lakes Once Had Water is a sensorial longform video that transports us to remote ancient dry lakes of Australia's Northern Territory. The work takes us on an imaginative journey, exploring the labour of scientists and traditional owners as they dig and delve into the past, reading the signs and signals in the landscape, over concepts of deep time. Commissioned by ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) in conjunction with Bundanon.

Sonia Leber and David Chesworth: Where Lakes Once Had Water
Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
10 February to 10 April 2022
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