press release

The River Project considers the Upper Georges River that runs through south west Sydney within the larger context of river systems of Asia and the Pacific by bringing together artists from Australia, China, India, Korea, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Vietnam whose work explores river systems. The River Project restates the important fact that nature and culture are not mutually exclusive. From the Yangtze, Mekong and Ganges to the Han, Sepik and Upper Georges, river systems reflect our interconnectedness, our fragility and our history. The way we engage with river systems today tells us much about who we are as a community.

As part of The River Project Campbelltown Arts Centre has commissioned new works by Graham 'Nudge' Blacklock, Tiffany Chung, Bonita Ely, Reena Kallat, Mike Parr and Song Dong. The exhibition also includes the Sepik River Project curated by Susan Cochrane with the assistance of Jeffry Feeger, which offers a focused insight into the contemporary painting and sculptural practices of artists from the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea.

The River Project's performance program sees Mike Parr, Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen commissioned to re-stage or re-interpret seminal performance works—Parr's Pure Water Into Polluted Water 1971, Song's ongoing Writing Time With Water and Yin's Washing River 1995.

An illustrated colour catalogue has been published by Campbelltown Arts Centre in connection with the exhibition and features commissioned essays by Susan Cochrane, Sharyn Cullis, Flaudette May V Datuin, Charlie Fruean, Susan Gibb, Binghui Huangfu, Olivier Krischer and Ou Ning.

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The River Project
Kurator: Susan Cochrane

Künstler: Graham Blacklock, Ringo Bunoan, Cao Fei, Tiffany Chung, Elisabeth Cummings, Peter Elers, Bonita Ely, Reena Saini Kallat, Minouk Lim, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Mike Parr, Raqs Media Collective , Jewyo Rhii, Song Dong, Verdun Walker, Yin Xiuzhen, MM Yu, Zhuang Hui, U-Turn / Restore Respect Waka Project Pacific communities of south west Sydney, Sepik River Project , Raymond Dumoii, Sebastian Dumoii, Jeffry Feeger, Kawa Gita, Ishmail Gromban, Ignas Keram, Julius Koni, Junior Koni, Markus Konny, Sali Sari Mainda, Nanias Maira, Gerhard Minjan, David Saka, Kami Sakat, Francis Tongoi, Herry Waybenang, Rudolf Waybenang, Zacharias Waybenang, Hubert Yambin