Desert art lights up the Opera House

Badu Gili 2018_Patricia

Congratulations to Central Arrernte/Anmatyerre artist and lecturer in Indigenous History at the Centre for Remote Health Patricia Ansell Dodds, whose artwork will light up the sails of the Sydney Opera House every night for the coming year.

Patricia is one of six Indigenous artists who have been selected for this second iteration of the Badu Gili light installation with the seven minute animation projecting Indigenous art styles from across the country onto the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail twice each night. Patricia’s work (pictured above) depicts women, wild bush foods, ceremonies and the use of symbols.

Since its launch in July 2017, Badu Gili has been experienced by more than 160,000 visitors to the Opera House, with another 620,000 people from around the world viewing the projection online. Curator, Rhoda Roberts, Opera House’s head of First Nations programming, also curated last year’s Parrtjima, A Festival in Light in Alice Springs, where Patricia’s artwork featured.

Badu Gili means ‘water light’ in Gadigal, the language of the first people of the Sydney area.

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