Australia: Defending the oceans - Ghostnet Art

From endangered ocean species to the seeds of ancient cultures, St├ęphane Jacobs looks at what is being swept away in the trawlers’ nets.

Since 2010, an artistic movement has emerged in northern Australia. Indigenous artists have been appropriating discarded fishing nets and incorporating them in their artistic creations. The artists chose to make use of the nets as objects of art to help raise public awareness of this new environmental challenge.

The movement has gained wide recognition as evidenced by the acquisition of pieces by major institutions such as the British Museum, the National Gallery of Australia, the Australia Museum, etc.

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