Lifelines of water run through the Australian landscape. Over recent years these waterways have become increasingly politicised as competing motivations and ecological decline collide.

The Baaka / Darling River system has become one of these politicised bodies, as intensive water extraction from irrigation, climate change and drought have compromised its water health and created tensions between First Nations people, family farms and multinational agribusinesses.

JR’s Homily to Country focuses on the ecological and human impact of the river’s decline and acts as a starting point for the people who are featured in this project to join Triennial curators and authors to discuss the personal impacts and ongoing tensions along the river, and visions for a more equitable shared future for all – human and non-human alike.

This program was part of Triennial Conversations, which took place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December to mark the opening of NGV Triennial 2020.

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JR’s Homily to Country With NGV’s Senior Curator of Contemporary Design & Architecture Triennial conversations: JR / Rivers in Decline Badger Bates, Gabrielle Chan, Rachel Strachan and Alan Whyte in conversation with Ewan McEoin In conversation: Revising Narratives Claire G. Coleman, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Timothy Moore and Scotty So in conversation with Pip Wallis Triennial conversations: Resonant Nature Refik Anadol and Dr Tessa Laird in conversation with Simone LeAmon Triennial conversations: Nature as Collaborator Talin Hazbar, Elliot Bastianon, Geoff Nees and Hannah Presley in conversation with Myf Doughty Triennial conversations: Oceans on the Edge Professor Madeleine van Oppen, Pirjo Haikola and Alex Goad in conversation with Ewan McEoin Triennial conversations: Get Real Estate Jill Garner, Amy Muir and Michael Bleby in conversation with Ewan McEoin In conversation: Future First Nations Megan Cope, Angela Tiatia and Hannah Presley in conversation with Myles Russell-Cook In conversation: A Dark Horizon Dr. Edward Colless and Professor Larissa Hjorthin in conversation with Dr. Simon Maidment In conversation: House Of Heroines Lara Schnitger in conversation with Pip Wallis Refik Anadol on Quantum Memories Triennial conversations Faye Toogood on Downtime Triennial conversations Erez Nevi Pana on Crystalline Triennial conversations Interview: Glenda Nicholls Interview: Diamond Stingily Interview: Liam Young Triennial | JR Interview with William Badger Bates Triennial profile | Refik Anadol Interview: Tomoaki Suzuki Interview Interview: Faye Toogood Interview Interview: Alicja Kwade Interview: Fred Wilson Interview: Porky Hefer Kengo Kuma | Botanical pavilion Triennial profile Installing JR’s Homily to Country NGV Triennial 2020 Preparing for NGV Triennial 2020 Celebrating contemporary art, design and architecture Bringing NGV Triennial 2020 to life Celebrating contemporary art, design and architecture