Biennale of Sydney


International Billboard Project

16 March-11 June 2018

At: Various locations

A series of billboards across 12 sites in Ashfield, Carnes Hill, Liverpool, Marrickville, Newtown, Parramatta and Sydenham.

a good neighbour in partnership with the 15th Istanbul Biennial

For the 21st Biennale of Sydney, a series of billboards featuring photographs teamed with provocative questions are installed across 12 sites in Ashfield, Carnes Hill, Liverpool, Marrickville, Newtown, Parramatta and Sydenham. Forming part of an international billboard project, a good neighbour, the billboards take up a discussion initiated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, curators of the 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017), also named ‘a good neighbour’.

Elmgreen & Dragset have stated that home can be ‘defined as a territory where values and behavioural routines are generated through daily experience; and a place from which a feeling of belonging – of “rootedness” – emerges.’ Considering our neighbourhood relationships on a local and global level, and against the backdrop of current and historical experiences of migration and human movement, the project poses questions that highlight the complexity of place and belonging: ‘Is a ood neighbour too much to ask for?’ ‘Is a good neighbour a stranger you don’t fear?'

Sharing ambitions with the 21st Biennale of Sydney, a good neighbour invites us to reflect on what a local situations can say about a larger, interconnected world, and suggests that the challenges of co-existence might begin to be overcome by dialogue between individuals.

This project was initiated as a collaboration between Elmgreen & Dragset, graphic designer Rupert Smyth and artist Lukas Wassmann. Sydney joins a chain of cities reflecting on these questions, including Limerick, Belfast, Moscow, Chicago, Milan and Seoul. The Sydney billboards have been produced in partnership and with thanks to the Inner West Council, City of Parramatta and Liverpool City Council.

Billboard Locations


  • City Centre Car park, 71 George Street, Parramatta: view from Macquarie Lane and Horwood Place
  • Eat Street Car Park, 30 George Street, Parramatta: view from Erby Place and Horwood Place.

Inner West

  • Newtown ArtSeat, Newtown Square
  • Sydenham Green, Railway Parade, Sydenham
  • Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre, 756 Darling Street, Rozelle
  • Ashfield Town Hall, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield


  • Macquarie Mall, Liverpool

  • Hume Highway, at Hillier Oval, Liverpool

  • Carnes Hill Community and Recreation Centre