Wonnarua by Ryan Andrew Lee - 2020 | Michael Reid Gallery

Ryan Andrew Lee
Wonnarua, 2020

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02:01 mins

Ryan Andrew Lee is a conceptual new media artist whose practice explores alternative knowledge structures and ways of existing which are strongly informed by First Nations people and community.

Wonnarua is a contemplative moving image installation work that aims to provoke discussion around themes of Indigenous ways of living in juxtaposition with western settler-state system’s unsustainable, damaging ways of using stolen lands. The video diptych contrasts living portraits of six First Nations people from the Wonnarua Nation with drone shots of the Muswellbrook coal mines, which are situated in the heart of Wonnarua Country. The work is a provocation around the urgency for enquiry into how our environment is currently being managed, and alludes the remedy is to integrate aspects of traditional First Nation’s sustainable practices for caring for Country.

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