As part of the 24th Biennale of Sydney opening weekend, Diné artist Eric-Paul Riege will perform an extended “weaving dance” with his work, a towering, soft sculptural necklace of divine proportions. Throughout the performance at White Bay Power Station, Riege, who will be adorned with regalia constructed from an array of fibres, will interact with the sculpture and the surrounding space, blending body and object into a single living artwork interwoven with memory, Diné ancestry and spirituality.

Diné artist Eric-Paul Riege is a weaver and fibre artist working in collage, durational performance, installation, woven sculpture, and wearable art. Using weaving as both means and metaphor to tell hybrid tales that interlace stories from Diné spirituality with his own interpretations and cosmology, he understands his artworks as animate and mobile. His practice pays homage and links him to generations of weavers in his family that aids him in generating spaces of sanctuary.

Logos, from left: Creative Australia, Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, NSW Government, City of Sydney, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Neislon Foundation, Mrvac, and Destination NSW

Eric-Paul Riege supported by Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain