Reko Rennie
(AUS-MLB) Reko Rennie is a Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay/Gamilaroi artist. His work is often deeply personal and explores his Aboriginal identity, combining the iconography of his Kamilaroi heritage with his past experiences in graffiti. Self-taught, Rennie's practice is diverse, working across sculpture, painting, video work and installation. As a teenager in Melbourne Rennie explored graffiti, which is a recurring medium and theme within his work. As an urban Indigenous Australian, his work often references hip-hop and graffiti subcultures that were influential on my artistic practice in my formative years.' The spraycan acts as a material and a message stick in Rennie's works, alongside the Aboriginal flag, crowns and diamonds he uses to question sovereignty and power in Australian post-colonial discourses of art. An activist, Rennie is outspoken around issues of education on First Nations' histories in Australia as well as the recognition and inclusion of First Nations' voices and self-determination in Australian political and cultural life. Rennie's work is held in all state galleries and the National Gallery of Australia, as well as international collections in the USA, Europe and Asia.