Badu Gili: Wonder Women
As the early-winter sun sets over Sydney Harbour, the eastern sails of the Opera House are being illuminated with vibrant and contemporary tales of country.
Returning for its fourth year, Badu Gili is a six-minute animated light projection that happens every day at sunset and nearly hourly after that for four sessions on the eastern Opera House sails. The name means “water light” in Gadigal language, and the lights are also projecting along the water.
The 2020 animation, subtitled Wonder Women, showcases the work of six exceptional female First Nations artists around the country: Wathaurung elder Marlene Gilson; Yankunytjatjara woman Kaylene Whiskey; Luritja woman Sally Mulda; and Western Arrernte women Judith Inkamala and Marlene Rubuntja and the late Kamilaroi woman Elaine Russell.
Art Gallery of New South Wales Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Coby Edgar said in a media release: "The artists represented are respected community leaders who create figurative and narrative-based work that expands understanding of what First Nations art is and how these artists’ cultures are expressed.”
The event is a collaboration between the Sydney Opera House and the Art Gallery of New South Wales to celebrate the gallery's 150th anniversary.
The Sydney Opera House was the first major performing arts centre in the country to have an identified First Nations programming area with its own budget. This program ensures the continued relevance and visibility of First Nations performance, culture and rituals year round.
See the projections daily at sunset and then at 8.30pm, 9pm and 9.30pm. Badu Gili: Wonder Women is best viewed from the top of the Opera House’s Monumental Steps.