Biennale of Sydney

12/03/2022 - 13/06/2022

Artistic Director: José Roca

Rivers, wetlands and other salt and freshwater ecosystems feature in the 23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022), titled rīvus, as dynamic living systems with varying degrees of political agency. Indigenous knowledges have long understood non-human entities as living ancestral beings with a right to life that must be protected. But only recently have animals, plants, mountains and bodies of water been granted legal personhood. If we can recognise them as individual beings, what might they say?

rīvus invites several aqueous beings into a dialogue with artists, architects, designers, scientists, and communities, entangling multiple voices and other modes of communication to ask unlikely questions: Can a river sue us over psychoactive sewage? Will oysters grow teeth in aquatic revenge? What do the eels think? Are the swamp oracles speaking in tongues? Do algae reminisce about the days of primordial soup? Are waves the ocean’s desire?

Artistic Director

José Roca

José Roca is a curator and Artistic Director of FLORA ars+natura, an independent space for contemporary art in Bogotá, and curator of the LARA collection, Singapore. He was the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate, London (2012-2015) and managed the arts program at the Banco de la República (MAMU) in Bogotá. José was a co-curator of the I Poly/graphic Triennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2004), the 27th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2006) and was the Artistic Director of Philagrafika 2010. He served on the awards jury for the 52nd Venice Biennial (2007) and is the author of Transpolitical: art in Colombia 1992-2012 (with Sylvia Suárez), and Waterweavers: A Chronicle of Rivers (with Alejandro Martín).


Abel Rodríguez (Mogaje Guihu)
Ackroyd & Harvey
Alex Cerveny
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
Alta Tecnología Andina (ATA)
Aluaiy Kaumakan
Ana Barboza and Rafael Freyre
Arts for the Commons (A4C)
Badger Bates
Barthélémy Toguo
Biennale of Sydney announces exhibition sites and public program for rīvus (2022)
Building Blocks
Caio Reisewitz
Carolina Caycedo
Casino Wake Up Time
Cave Urban
Cian Dayrit
Clare Milledge
Clemencia Echeverri
D Harding
David Haines & Joyce Hinterding
Diana Scherer
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Duke Riley
Embassy of the North Sea
Erin Coates
Eva L’Hoest
Gal Weinstein
H2O Embassy(s) – Schools
Hanna Tuulikki
Hera Büyüktaşcıyan
Iltja Ntjarra (Many Hands) Art Centre
Imhathai Suwatthanasilp
Jenna Sutela
Jessie French
Joey Holder
John Kelly & Rena Shein
Juliana Góngora Rojas
Julie Gough
Jumana Emil Abboud
Kiki Smith
Komunidad X Sipat Lawin
Latent Community
Leanne Tobin
Leeroy New
Lockdown Love with Alex Cerveny
Lockdown Love with Hera Büyüktaşcıyan
Lockdown Love with Kiki Smith
Lockdown Love with Mike Parr
Lockdown Love with Milton Becerra
Lockdown Love with Tabita Rezaire
Marguerite Humeau
Marjetica Potrč
Mata Aho Collective
Matias Duville
Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson
Mike Parr
Milton Becerra
Moogahlin Performing Arts with Aanmitaagzi Big Medicine Studio
New Landscapes Institute (Joni Taylor, Ben Blakebrough, M.A.C Studio + Ant Farm)
New-Territories _ S/he _f.Roche
Paula de Solminihac
Pushpa Kumari
Qavavau Manumie
River Conversations
Robert Andrew
School Tours
Senior Craftsman Rex Greeno and son Dean Greeno
Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe
Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi
Space In Between
STARTTS (NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors) and Jiva Parthipan
Tabita Rezaire
Tania Candiani
Teho Ropeyarn
Water Lesson: One | Clarence Slockee (Jiwah)
Water Lesson: Three | Casino Wake Up Time
Water Lesson: Two | Bryony and Harry Lancaster (Egg of the Universe)
Water Lessons
Wura-Natasha Ogunji
Yoan Capote
Yuko Mohri
Zheng Bo