Swell

In Progress

In 2015 communities and organisations across Australia were struggling to halt approval of the country’s largest coal project — Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine. After a brief victory for the environment, the government responded by limiting conservational philanthropy and even considered repealing laws in order to restrict green activism.

Today, this political climate of vested interest continues and Australia is still at risk of losing further precious eco-systems. All in the name of ‘economic growth’. Swell is born out of anger at policies that elevate short-term profit above the need to make sustainable decisions and safeguard our future. Avoiding expected tropes of disaster-capitalism and rather focussing on a number of mini-ecologies across Australia, the work seeks to present counter-narratives and positive ecological imaginaries to highlight our current state of collective urgency. It creates a space in which things are connected, rather than apart.

Swell is a work in progress; a personal narrative about nature hanging in the balance.

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