Mackenzie, David

Mackenzie’s video work investigates people’s connection and relationship to land and country. Through processes of cross-cultural investigation, negotiation, observation, and documentation, his work positions itself somewhere between art and documentary.

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Such themes are negotiated in a series of recent projects created in collaboration with Susan Norrie, including Black Wind and Twilight (2006/2007), which documents the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra. For Havoc (2007), shown at the 52nd Venice Biennale, Mackenzie, alongside Norrie and journalist Justin Hale, travelled to East Java to document both the devastation and the continuing endurance of a community in the face of catastrophic environmental disaster. Mackenzie continues to document his experiences across changing worlds, cultures, and landscapes in an intensely intimate and investigative way. He lives and works in Sydney.


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