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Title

I was always here

2016

Artist

Reko Rennie

Australia

1974 –

Language group: Kamilaroi, Northern Riverine region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Melbourne Victoria Australia
    Cultural origin
    Kamilaroi, Northern Riverine region
    Date
    2016
    Media category
    Mixed media painting
    Materials used
    dye sublimation on satin, brass rod
    Dimensions
    1000.0 x 125.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Wendy Barron Bequest Fund 2017
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    2.2017.a-b
    Copyright
    © Reko Rennie, courtesy of the artist and Blackartprojects

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    Reko Rennie

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  • About

    Reko Rennie is a Kamilaroi artist based in Melbourne whose works explore issues of Aboriginal identity within an urban environment. His commanding works are largely biographical and combine the iconography of his Kamilaroi heritage with stylistic elements of graffiti and street art.
    Rennie came to attention with his large scale site-specific works and has since employed a variety of mediums and forms from spray painted installations, to neon signage, cast metal sculptures and prints on paper. Dominant in his practice is the trademark use of the repeated diamond pattern in brilliant, hard-edge form. These diamonds are derived from the dendroglyphs (carved trees) found in Kamilaroi and Wiradjuri country in New South Wales.
    ‘I was always here’ – my suspended banner of hand-pressed metallic gold foil on satin incorporates the geometric diamond patterning of the Kamilaroi people as a backdrop to the words, contrasting it against a camouflage pattern to explore themes of Indigenous heritage and cultural empowerment. The banner format recalls Australia’s potent history of activism and Indigenous rights, and engages with ideas around visibility, both individual and communal, representing a statement of solidarity with Indigenous communities from around the world.’ Reko Rennie 2016

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Melbourne

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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