The NGV presents the Australian premiere of Julian Rosefeldt’s latest work, In the Land of Drought 2015/2017. The German artist and filmmaker is internationally renowned for his visually opulent and meticulously choreographed moving-image artworks.
Shot entirely by drone in Morocco and Germany, In the Land of Drought2015/2017 is set in an imaginary post-Anthropocene world and confronts the relationship between humanity and its impact on the world. The camera’s bird’s-eye view observes an army of ‘scientists’ emerging to investigate the archaeological remnants of civilisation after humanity has made itself extinct.
Composed of meditative images and atmospheric sounds, the immersive 43-minute film resonates with current concerns about environmental damage and climate change.
In the Land of Drought 2015–17 (still)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with support of the 2017 NGV
Curatorial Tour donors, 2018
© Julian Rosefeldt
Image courtesy of the artist and KÖNIG GALERIE