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Published on Aug 12, 2015
Salt The Karrabing Film Collective Australia suggested by Vivian Ziherl
In 2009 some Karrabing boated to their remote country in the north of Australia. Half got off at one beach, the other half continuing down the coast. When the first group returned to the beach, the boat was nowhere in sight. Just before a swarm of mosquitoes—bred in inland swamps—overtook them, the boat materialised. It had been stranded down the coast, the motor refusing to start. Corroded wiring; angry ancestors; racialised capital; or Jesus: Salt comprises five ten minute films. Each film steps seamlessly from one geography of explanation to the next as if through a strange door. Characters get on a boat in a backyard and step out onto a beach.
Who is The Karrabing Film Collective? Most Karrabing live on a rural Indigenous community in the Northern Territory, Australia with low or no income. Their films have been screened at Berlinale Shorts Competition; the Wexner Center; Gertrude Contemporary Melbourne; Institute for Modern Art Brisbane; Oslo Academy of Fine Arts and elsewhere. The e-flux special issue #58 (2014) was dedicated to the ‘quasi-event’ as it appears in the film-making of the Karrabing, and was co-edited by Karrabing member Elizabeth A. Povinelli.