Sarah Mair

Rising salinity, produced and concealed by a myriad of post-colonial Basin stakeholders, hints at the extent of violence inflicted on the North West River Murray. In the town of Renmark, an infrastructural balancing act involving a complex network of salt interception bores, draws this saline groundwater away from important plant root zones and relocates this waste to the region's sacrificial peripheries.

Through an investigation into the concealed; the non-human timescales of the region's geology, infrastructural networks, and ecological storylines, this project intends to uncover an evolving view of the environment. Across two sites, situated at opposing ends of the region's salt narrative, this project intends to locate the individual within the network, and connect the Riverland town of Renmark with the emergent outcomes of this historic and destructive deferral system.

Salt Unseen