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By Alison Stieven-Taylor As droughts last longer, bushfire seasons start earlier, rising seas threaten populations and ice caps melt, the climate emergency is indisputable, but often these crises are experienced at a distance. The exhibition Water at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) brings these issues to the fore through narratives that convey impermanence, our interconnectedness and the challenges we face as a species. This expansive exhibition, which includes more than 100 works by global artists, is designed to celebrate and question our conceptions of this precious, vital resource. Photography features alongside moving image, sculpture and several large installations that invite active participation.   Julian Charièrre    From a photographic perspective, there are works that are statements of protest, such as French-Swiss artist Julian Charièrre’s Blue Fossil Entropic series. Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow, Curatorial Manager, International Art, GOMA and the curator of Water, says, “As global temperatures rise and polar icecaps recede, Charrière asks what are we destroying of the past and what are we leaving for the future?” In this collection, Charièrre is photographed atop an iceberg, blowtorch in hand. A small, yet destructive figure, Charrière’s...

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