Joel Bray
Giraru Galing Ganhagirri
Giraru Galing Ganhagirri means “The Wind Will Bring Rain” in Wiradjuri. It speaks to the implacable force of Country – the assurance that, in nature, one thing follows another and the meeting of the elements of air and water. Always have and always will. In these times, solace is to be found in the ‘ancientness’ and endurance of Country. Whatever happens, the wind will always bring the rain.

The work is the result of an exciting new collaboration between Wiradjuri choreographer Joel Bray, filmmaker James Wright and composer Daniel Nixon. Giraru Galing Ganhagirri is a multi-channel video installation of pure dance – a poetic, choreographic meditation on the elements. In a nod to ancient ceremony and filmed on Joel’s ancestral Wiradjuri Country, Joel gently inhabits the landscape with his body literally ‘painted’ with Country. This work was premiered at the National Gallery of Australia as a part of the 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial, curated by Hetti Perkins.

13 – 16 October 22
Humboldt Forum Berlin

26 Mar – 31 Jul 22
4th National Indigenous Arts Triennial
National Gallery of Australia plus nation-wide tour

7-channel 4K video
16m 40s
Director and Performer: Joel Bray
Camera: James Wright
Camera Assistant: Eugene Perepletchikov
Editor and Post-production: James Wright
Composer: Dan Nixon
Producer: Lucie Sutherland

Giraru Galing Ganhagirri was commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra for the 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony, created in consultation with Uncle James Ingram and Wagga Wagga Elders, and with support from City of Melbourne, Phillip Keir and Sarah Benjamin (the Keir Foundation), City of Port Phillip, Create NSW, Blacktown Arts, Arts Centre Melbourne, and Yirramboi Festival 2020