Biennale of Sydney

14/03/2020 - 15/11/2020

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.

22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020) Exhibition Report.pdf

Artistic Director

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