Wonnarua by Ryan Lee
Medium: Cinema / Video / Installation
Dimensions: 100 x 50 x 10 cm
‘Wonnarua’ is a video-based 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.
In today’s current global state of environmental (and cultural, communal and spiritual) emergency, the need to embrace traditional Indigenous knowledge is now more crucial than ever before.
The video diptych juxtaposes living portraits of five Aboriginal men from the Wonnarua Nation with provoking drone shots of the vast Musswellbrook coal mines, which are situated in the heart of the Wonnarua Nation.
It is a plea to listen, learn and implement the vast knowledge of First Nations people in the re-thinking of today’s current systems that are clearly not working, in order for everyone to move forward inclusively, together as one.