Pulpo Collective: Noor El-Gewely (USA) / Jonathan Irawan (Australia) / Nikolaos Argyros (Greece) / Lalin Keyvan (Turkey) / Firas Safieddine (Lebanon) / Mehmet Bostanci (Turkey)
Nacre takes inspiration from the many shell middens found during excavations of Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct. The middens revealed that the site was once a rich source of cockles, mussels and rare species of molluscs, which were gathered by skilled fisherwomen from local Aboriginal communities.
For centuries before European contact, the Aboriginal fisherwomen from the clans of the Eora nation around Sydney Harbour practised their skills in a way that did no harm to its delicate and diverse ecosystem.
In creating Nacre the artists wished to honour Aboriginal people and highlight the role that sustainable principles, such as those practised by traditional users of the natural world can play in protecting fragile marine environments.
The title of the installation, Nacre, refers to the mother of pearl produced in the inner shell of molluscs. The design of this lustrous work incorporates the geometry of sea shells, and it uses technology to translate environmental data to illuminate a hidden, underwater world.
Country represented by installation: Spain