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When I was young, my dad would beckon me out to the verandah whenever a storm rolled in. We would stand there, breathing in the humidity and listening to the birds as they organised themselves for the big rain ahead. In the years since, we have experienced some of the longest and most significant droughts ever recorded on this continent. Decades of resource mismanagement and the looming climate crisis have segregated our communities along political lines and we are stuck in a position where saving either the economy or the environment seems like an impossible, binary choice. 

 

This series is born out of a sense of frustration, driven by an acknowledgement that I hold no answers. All that we can do currently is witness and wait.

 

here starts the summer dry collects stories from across the continent featuring farmers, miners, horticulturalists, friends and family. These worlds have been interwoven through imagery that dissects national myth and the ways in which we relate to the natural landscape through language and culture.

 

I would like to acknowledge the sovereignty of the traditional custodians of the land on which this work has been made, the Weilwan, Gamilaraay, Kokatha, Woiwurrung and Wurundjuri people.

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