Woman stands on traditional wooden bridge above a muddy river


Date 24.11.2021 - 04.12.2021
Location Barbican, The Pit


Emmy award-winning Awavena is a tale set in the Brazilian Amazon, told by the Yawanawá people through stunning 360° virtual reality (VR).

For the Yawanawá, ‘medicine’ has the power to transport, reveal and clarify. In this collaboration between Australian artist Lynette Wallworth and the Yawanawá people, VR is used to open a portal to another way of knowing. Inside the VR headset we experience the transformation of Yawanawá culture guided by Hushahu, the Yawanawá’s first woman shaman. Melding cutting edge technology and transcendent experience, Awavena is an intimate, immersive meeting with a people who have ascended from the edge of extinction.

Lynette Wallworth was last seen at the Barbican in 2019 with her Emmy award-winning documentary, Collisions.