Photographic Display by Lillian Pearce
PhD Candidate Fenner School, ANU
Research Consultant: Broken Hill Art Exchange
Residency Program June 2016
“This series of photographs was taken in June 2016. During my stay, the 500 million dollar NSW government backedpipeline was announced. The project promises to ‘future proof’ Broken Hill. With these images I hope to capture a particular essence of Broken Hill’s historical relationship with water. One that, like the local ecologies, ebbs and flows. In particular I hope to evoke meditations on ‘drying up’, not only of water itself, but also of industrial imaginaries. There are many lives, stories, and relationships not captured here that are shaped by such industrial manipulations of this precious resource. How future water flows matters here.”
Lilian Pearce is currently conducting doctoral research with the Fenner School of Environment and Society. Through her PhD she is combining multiple disciplinary approaches to explore how the ecological humanities and history can offer new perspectives on restoration and how the practice can strengthen relationships with places through change. In this work she is drawing on her natural and social science background and experience in both quantitative and qualitative research techniques in urban and remote settings.
Lilian Pearce is passionate about combining social and ecological science to explore relationships between people and place and particularly interested in how different ways of interacting with the natural world, traditional knowledge systems, human values and ideas of nature influence conservation initiatives, and how environmental management practices do political work. Lilian Pearce holds a Bachelor of Science and a first class honours degree in Geography from the University of Tasmania.
Prior to embarking on a PhD at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at ANU, Pearce worked for the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, Melbourne City Council’s Urban Landscapes Branch and the School of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania. Outside of ANU.
Lilian Pearce continues to be involved in a range of projects that broadly involve conservation in social and cultural settings, and in writing on place and the environment.
*Excerpt from http://fennerschool.anu.edu.au