Photographer's Note

Always Was, Always Will Be...Aboriginal Land.

This is the name of the work of art on the building in the background at 1-5 Flinders Street, Paddington. The design is by Aboriginal artist, Reko Rennie.

Rennie is of the Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay/Gummaroi people, and was born in Melbourne. Through his art, Rennie explores what it means to be an urban Aboriginal in contemporary Australian society. Rennie received no formal artistic training, but as a teenager he discovered graffiti, which would become an all-consuming passion. He quickly began producing original art on the streets of Melbourne and matured into an interrogative and highly innovative artist.

His art and installations continually explore issues of identity, race, law and justice, land rights, stolen generations and other issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in contemporary society. Drawing inspiration from his Aboriginal heritage, he recreates traditional images in a contemporary context using neon, projection, installation and spray paint.

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