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Mit Jai Inn, 'Planes (Hover, Erupt, Erode)', 2018 (detail), mixed media installation with paintings. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous support from the Neilson Foundation. Installation view of the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) at Cockatoo Island. Photograph: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy the artist and SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh

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Ciara Phillips, 'Workshop', 2010–ongoing, installation and print studio, dimensions variable. Presentation at the 21st Biennale of Sydney was made possible with generous assistance from the Consulate General of Canada in Sydney, the British Council and Glasgow Print Studios. Installation view of the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Photograph: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy the artist

2018 marked the 45th anniversary of the Biennale of Sydney

The 21st Biennale of Sydney attracted visitation of more than 850,000 in 2018, the highest level in its long history, reaffirming its position as one of the most important contemporary art events around the world. Curated by Artistic Director Mami Kataoka, SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement,  was a compelling exploration of the most urgent issues of our day, and artworks presented were the result of direct engagement with communities around the globe, often reflecting the artists’ own personal histories.


The participating artists hailed from 35 countries around the globe, with 88 artists, collaborators and artist assistants travelling to Sydney to conduct research and connect with local communities, oversee the installation of their projects, and participate in Opening Week events and public programs.


15 Australian artists, including one collective, participated in the 21st Biennale of Sydney. This equates to 24 Australian individuals in total, of which 16 are Indigenous Australians.


336 works were presented, encompassing 60 major new commissions.

The 21st Biennale of Sydney was presented at seven of the city’s most respected museums, galleries and non-traditional exhibition spaces: Art Gallery of NSW, Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney Opera House and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Attendance was buoyed by international, interstate and local visitors who came to explore the seven locations of the exhibition across Sydney. Findings from independent audience research conducted by StollzNow Research revealed: • 51% of visitors attended the Biennale of Sydney for the first time • 23% of visitors came from abroad • 52% of visitors identify as culturally diverse • 46% of visitors are under 35 years.



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