Julian Rosefeldt, 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.
In the Land of Drought
German artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt is known for dancing on the edge of darkness and beauty. In his solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, “In the Land of Drought”, he turns his meticulous cinematic eye to the devastating effects of human-generated climate change, summoning up a dystopian world in which humanity has made itself extinct and only archeological artefacts remain to litter the landscape. Imaginary yet all too real, this series of moving image artworks was shot entirely by drone in Germany and Morocco, and pitches saturated colour alongside harrowing images of barrenness.