In artist Reko Rennie’ OA_RR, a sparkling gold Rolls Royce Comiche, swathed in popping pink “camouflage”, tears through the outback.
Behind the wheel, Rennie puts the car into a series of spins. The daring swings of the dazzling car could be described as burnouts in one sense, but the patterns he makes in the sand are also a link between Rennie’s urban upbringing and the ancient mark making of his Kamilaroi people.
The work contains a deeply personal story about Rennie’s grandmother being forcibly removed from her parents as a child, to be placed on an Aboriginal mission and enslaved as a domestic servant.
Rather than an act of hooliganism, OA_RR is a powerful reclamation of colonial symbols, to tell a story of injustice, dislocation and disconnection.
Reko Rennie is a Naarm/Melbourne-based visual artist exploring Aboriginal identity. He is part of RISING’s Call to Artists program.