Biennale of Sydney

22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020)

14 Mar 2020 - 6 Sep 2020

Artistic Director: Brook Andrew

The urgent states of our contemporary lives are laden with unresolved past anxieties and hidden layers of the supernatural. NIRIN is about to expose this, demonstrating that artists and creatives have the power to resolve, heal, dismember and imagine futures of transformation for re-setting the world. Sovereignty is at the centre of these actions, and shines a light on environments in shadow. I hope that NIRIN gathers life forces of integrity to push through often impenetrable confusion. 

Optimism from chaos drives artists in NIRIN to resolve the often hidden or ignored urgency surrounding contemporary life. 

Artistic Director

Brook Andrew

Brook Andrew

Brook Andrew is an interdisciplinary artist who examines dominant narratives, often relating to colonialism and modernist histories. Through museum and archival interventions and curatorial projects, he aims to make forgotten stories visible and offer alternative pathways for interpreting history in the world today. Drawing inspiration from vernacular objects and the archive he travels internationally to work with communities and various private and public collections.

His recent research includes an ambitious international comparative Australian Research Council project Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial, responding to the repeated high-level calls for an Australian national memorial to Aboriginal loss and the frontier wars. In 2017, Brook Andrew was the recipient of the prestigious Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF) and in 2016 was appointed Photography Residencies Laureate at the Musée du quai Branly, Paris. In 2014 Brook worked closely with the collections of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Museo de América and Museo Nacional de Antropología for the exhibition 'Really Useful Knowledge' curated by WHW at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

He curated TABOO in 2012/13 at the MCA Sydney. This was presented alongside a demanding public debate program called Blakatak that included esteemed First Nation creatives and was devised in conversation with John von Sturmer, a social anthropologist with a distinguished career in Aboriginal studies.

Brook is Associate Professor at MADA, Monash University; Honorary Senior Fellow within the Indigenous Studies Unit and the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne; and Associate Researcher, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. He is currently a Charlie Perkins scholar undertaking a DPhil at the Ruskin School of Art, The University of Oxford. Brook Andrew is represented by Tolarno Galleries, MelbourneRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels.



  • 15 Screens
  • Adrift Lab
  • Tony Albert
  • Charlotte Allingham
  • Maria Thereza Alves
  • Lhola Amira
  • Joël Andrianomearisoa
  • ArTree Nepal
  • Sammy Baloji
  • Denilson Baniwa
  • Bankstown Poetry Slam
  • BE.
  • Dion Beasley and Johanna Bell
  • Namila Benson
  • Huma Bhabha
  • Bhenji Ra
  • Blacktown Native Institution
  • Karim Bleus
  • Anna Boghiguian
  • Mohamed Bourouissa
  • Breaking Bread
  • Eric Bridgeman and Haus Yuriyal
  • Tania Bruguera
  • Vajiko Chachkhiani
  • Club Ate: Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra
  • Colectivo Ayllu
  • Randy Lee Cutler
  • Demian DinéYazhi´ and R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment
  • Karla Dickens
  • Préfète Duffaut
  • Jose Dávila
  • Léuli Eshrāghi
  • Andre Eugene
  • Jes Fan
  • Lafortune Felix
  • First Dog on the Moon
  • Brian Fuata
  • FUNPARK Coalition
  • Nicholas Galanin
  • Stuart Geddes and Trent Walter
  • Josep Grau-Garriga
  • Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian
  • Lawrence Abu Hamdan
  • Aziz Hazara
  • Lily Hibberd
  • Lucas Ihlein and Kim Williams
  • Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre
  • Arthur Jafa
  • Hannah Catherine Jones
  • Justin Shoulder
  • Emily Karaka
  • Bronwyn Katz
  • Kulimoe'anga Stone Maka
  • Kylie Kwong
  • Tarek Lakhrissi
  • Sissel M. Bergh
  • Ibrahim Mahama
  • Noŋgirrŋa Marawili
  • Teresa Margolles
  • Misheck Masamvu
  • Katarina Matiasek
  • Mayunkiki
  • Barbara McGrady
  • John Miller and Elisapeta Heta
  • Jota Mombaça
  • Mostaff Muchawaya
  • Zanele Muholi
  • The Mulka Project
  • Melanie Mununggurr
  • MzRizk
  • Musa N. Nxumalo
  • Elicura Chihuailaf Nahuelpán
  • Paulo Nazareth
  • S.J Norman
  • Manuel Ocampo
  • Parramatta Female Factory & PYT Fairfield
  • Taqralik Partridge
  • Rosana Paulino
  • Laure Prouvost
  • Reading Oceania
  • Lisa Reihana
  • Andrew Rewald
  • Fátima Rodrigo Gonzales
  • Victoria Santa Cruz
  • Shaheed / Witness / Kashmir
  • STARTTS (NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors)
  • Adrian Stimson
  • Anders Sunna
  • Suohpanterror
  • Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
  • Latai Taumoepeau
  • Tennant Creek Brio
  • Warwick Thornton
  • Gina Athena Ulysse
  • Ahmed Umar
  • Unbound Collective
  • Kunmanara Mumu Mike Williams
  • Pedro Wonaeamirri
  • Erkan Özgen