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Annette Wagner

Annette Wagner

Art Form: Multi disciplinary

Residency Year: 2024

Lives / Works: Melbourne, Naarm

Wagner grew up on the lands of the Latji Latji, where the Murray and the Barka Darling rivers meet and understands water is a social medium as much as it is a biological necessity.

Her interdisciplinary, practice-led research, is situated in contemporary arts, exploring concepts of memory and water ecology. Socially engaged methodologies inform her creative practice to examine notions of psychological distance. Her creative practice maps connections with water through performance, oral histories and abstracts sound frequencies into ‘voice prints’, generating contemporary artworks using light and sound, demonstrating our innate and enduring connection with water itself. She does this to support her artistic strategy, using contemporary art to promote engagement and connection, unravelling abstract concepts of climate change, shifting mental perceptions and encouraging social action.

In Residence at Bundanon

Wagner’s proposed Bundanon residency will seek to further map water memories to presents an understanding of the complex ways in which our perceptions and connections with water are built, using both research and creative outcomes. Expanding new knowledge of the social history of water and connection to place, the work she creates will contribute to final PhD outcome, offering further development to test her methodology in an alternative site specific location and body of water, the Shoalhaven River. The natural environment surrounding Bundanon and its rich in cultural history will contributes to gaining a universal understanding of our complex relationship with water.

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Bundanon acknowledges the people of the Dharawal and Dhurga language groups as the traditional owners of the land within our boundaries, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.

In Dharawal the word Bundanon means deep valley.

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