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AWAVENA Journey into the spirit world


Take a virtual journey into the spirit world of the Amazonian Yawanawa people at the Art Gallery of WA. As part of Perth Festival, Awavena is on display from Friday, February 7 through to Monday, March 2. The experience is free, but bookings are essential.

Awavena by acclaimed director Lynette Wallworth is a stunning tale of metamorphosis told through cutting edge XR technology, exploring important messages from the Yawanawa at a time of peril for their people. It melds technology and transcendent experience so that a vision can be shared, and a story told of a people ascending from the edge of extinction. Awavena aims to shift our consciousness and change the way we perceive the world.

Director Lynette Wallworth says, “Awavena is a true story with all the power of myth. It tells the story of Hushahu, the first woman Shaman of the Yawanawa, and of the radical reconfiguring of gender relations that takes place following her induction, by the tribe’s spiritual leader Tata, into the Yawanawa spiritual traditions.”

The work first premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and it is the second in a series of mixed reality works by Lynette Wallworth and producer Nicole Newnham, following on from their Emmy Award-winning VR film Collisions (2016).

Awavena is on display at the Art Gallery of WA from Friday, February 7 to Monday, March 2, 2020. The experience is free, but bookings are essential. Click here for tickets.

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