WHAT DO WE WANT?
What Do We Want? takes influence from martial arts films including Blaxploitation movies from the 1970s and 80s; utilising the medium to make a statement about authenticity, respect, bravery and collective power. First Nation students in What Do We Want? become a force to be reckoned with. Rennie’s work presents us with urgent questions that require action and response.
In a martial arts dojo, the Sensei cries “What Do We Want?” the students respond, “Land Back! Equality! Restitution! No More Cops Killing Our Mob”, vocalising demands of environmental, political and social concern affecting Indigenous people
Displayed in a massive three-channel video installation, the work loudly and proudly conveys the diversity of First Nations peoples, and the ongoing fight for justice that unifies them.
Commissioned by ACMI and Artbank
Reko Rennie is the 2020 recipient of the ACMI + Artbank Commission.