Awavena, a Virtual Reality work by Emmy and AACTA award-winning artist and director Lynette Wallworth, is coming to Australia on 16 November 2018. This will be its Australian premiere, held at Carriageworks, in Redfern, Sydney.
A free public exhibition of the work will follow from 17 November until 9 December 2018. The Virtual Reality piece has just screened at the Venice International Film Festival, receiving global acclaim.
Awavena is coming to Carriageworks as part of Create NSW’s 360 Vision VR and AR Industry Event. The second in a series of VR works by Lynette Wallworth and producer Nicole Newnham, Awavena was made because of a request from the Brazilian Amazonian Yawanawa people.
The work is about a massive metamorphosis, telling the story of Hushahu, the first woman shaman of the Yawanawa.
It is about the tribe’s realisation that the future strength of the Yawanawa people relied on power being shared with women. The film’s director, Wallworth, is recognised as an international leader in new and emerging technologies.
She was invited to the Amazon by Tashka Yawanawa, chief of the Yawanawa people, after he saw her previous VR film Collisions. Awavena first premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and screened at the World Economic Forum in Davos.