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11 Nov

As the Port’s precinct undergoes rapid change, Aqueous Archives asks that we listen to the stories, history and knowledge that exists beneath colonial narratives.

Part alternative policy or radical map to another future, Aqueous Archives is an immersive publication moving between public installation and printed book form. The project brings together a collection of materials, ideas and narratives centring the Fremantle Port, both in its contemporary state and as a place of historical passage connecting diasporic communities to Walyalup via the Indian Ocean. Created by writers Timmah Ball and Kate Jama alongside collaborators, this project illuminates the narratives that government architecture and museums often neglect.

Through storytelling, archival activism, poetry, speculative fiction, text and paste ups, Aqueous Archives presents a counter narrative, archiving stories and futurism absent from institutions. Shedding light on un-recorded stories it asks us to consider new methods to the current government mechanisms which make decisions about the Port, land development, the ocean and migration.

With writing contributions from: Maria Osman, Haweya Ismail and Kathryn Gledhill-Tucker
Publication Design: Zenobia Ahmed
Editor: Ellen O’Brien

Date and Time

Aqueous Archives Book Launch & Talks
Er Pavilion (J Shed, Fremantle)
Sat 11 Nov, 4pm
FREE (Register here)

Auslan Interpreted Talk

Timmah Ball is a writer, editor, and zine maker of Ballardong Noongar heritage. She was an Arts House Makeshift Publics artist 2021-2023, where she published the chapbook Do Planners Dream of Electric Trees?  In 2018 she co-curated Wild Tongue zine for Next Wave festival with Azja Kulpinska, which interrogated wage and labour inequality in the arts industry.

Kate Jama is a writer and academic of diasporic Somali and British heritage. She is currently completing a PhD in law at Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. Kate’s research examines how Australian settler law and technology work together to enable extractive practices in the Indian Ocean. Kate’s research occurs in tandem with her text and sound-based arts practice. Kate has exhibited at Blak Dot Gallery, Kudos Gallery UNSW, and Halka Gallery (Istanbul).

  • J Shed, Fremantle
  • Information

    Event Information:
    The Aqueous Archives Book Launch will be held at the Er Pavilion. Registration for the Book Launch is essential (REGISTER HERE)

    While the Pavilion provides some shelter, the space is primarily outdoors.


    Food and Drink:
    Light catering will be provided at the Book Launch. There are also several great hospitality options nearby. Visit our Plan Your Visit section for our favourite cafes, restaurants and bars.


    Accessible portable toilets will be located behind the J Shed. Arthurs Head Public Toilet is also a short distance away. 

  • Getting There


    Arthur Head Reserve Car Park
    Round House Car Park
    Cliff St Car Park
    South Mole Lighthouse Car Park


    Public Transport:
    The Er Pavilion is a short walk from the Fremantle Train Station, which is the final destination for the Fremantle Train Line, as well as several bus routes.


  • Access

    The area is wheelchair accessible, but there is some rough terrain, including gravel and grassed areas. Accessible portable toilets will be available on site behind the J Shed. The nearest ACROD parking can be located South Mole Lighthouse Car Park or Arthur Head Reserve Car Park.


  • Image credit

    Photo: Kate Jama & Timmah Ball.