Sydney, Australia: At a briefing today in Little Bay, NSW, on the land of the Bidjigal and Gadigal Clans, the Biennale of Sydney announced the full list of artists, creatives and collectives who will be participating in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020), titled NIRIN.
Under the artistic direction of Brook Andrew, the exhibition will include artworks across six sites: Art Gallery of NSW, Artspace, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the National Art School.
The 22nd Biennale of Sydney is artist- and First Nations-led, presenting an expansive exhibition of contemporary art that connects local communities and global networks.
‘The urgent states of our contemporary lives are laden with unresolved past anxieties and hidden layers of the supernatural,’ said Brook Andrew. ‘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. I hope that NIRIN (edge) gathers life forces of integrity to push through often impenetrable noise.’
For the first time, artists from Nepal, Georgia, Afghanistan, Sudan and Ecuador will participate in the Biennale of Sydney.
A number of the artists, creatives and collectives announced today were in attendance at the briefing: Tony Albert, Joël Andrianomearisoa, BE., Karla Dickens, FUNPARK Coalition, Lucas Ihlein and Kim Williams, Kylie Kwong, Parramatta Female Factory, Andrew Rewald, Justin Shoulder (Club Ate), STARTTS (NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors) and Tennant Creek Brio.
The briefing also included performances by MzRizk, Mahdia Rahman from Bankstown Poetry Slam, Nardean from 4ESydney HipHop Festival and Brazilian performance artist Jota Mombaça.
The Biennale also announced an extensive program called NIRIN WIR spanning from the Blue Mountains to La Perouse.
NIRIN, meaning edge, and WIR, meaning sky, is a phrase from Brook Andrew’s mother’s Nation, the Wiradjuri people of central western New South Wales. The program focuses on Sydney as an expansive, global city comprised of vibrant, complex villages, and is a major partnership with the Powerhouse Museum, and a series of activations and creative partnerships with Blacktown Native Institution, Parramatta Female Factory, Bankstown Poetry Slam, 4ESydney HipHop Festival, City of Sydney Libraries, Randwick City Council, tertiary institutions around the country, grassroots organisations and more.
Grounded in connecting communities, the Biennale is also launching a learning program called OUR PATH, uniting an international network of artists and thinkers with Australian children and young people. The program offers a global context to local concerns, celebrating the valuable wisdom that exists in all communities.
‘Each visit to NIRIN will be a new and different experience,’ said Barbara Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Biennale of Sydney. ‘In the year of the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s landing, art is an essential catalyst for change. Through art, conversations and collaborative interventions, the Biennale will bring together people from across the city, state, country and the world in a safe place to discuss issues that matter.’
Participants in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020) are:
- Adrift Lab Canada/Australia/United Kingdom
- Tony Albert Australia
- Charlotte Allingham Australia
- Maria Thereza Alves Brazil/Germany/Italy
- Lhola Amira South Africa
- Joël Andrianomearisoa Madagascar/France
- ArTree Nepal Nepal
- Sammy Baloji Democratic Republic of Congo/Belgium
- Denilson Baniwa Brazil
- Bankstown Poetry Slam Australia
- BE. Australia
- Namila Benson Papua New Guinea
- Sissel M Bergh Norway
- Huma Bhabha Pakistan/USA
- Blacktown Native Institution Dharug Nation (Australia)
- Karim Bleus Haiti
- Anna Boghiguian Egypt/Canada
- Mohamed Bourouissa Algeria/France
- Breaking Bread South Africa
- Eric Bridgeman and Haus Yuriyal Papua New Guinea/Australia
- Tania Bruguera Cuba
- Vajiko Chachkhiani Georgia/Germany
- Club Ate: Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra Australia
- Colectivo Ayllu Argentina/Chile/Ecuador/Spain/Venezuela
- Victoria Santa Cruz (1922-2014) Peru
- Randy Lee Cutler Canada
- Jose Dávila Mexico
- Demian DinéYazhi ́ and R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment USA
- Karla Dickens Australia
- Léuli Eshrāghi Australia
- André Eugène Haiti
- FAFSWAG New Zealand
- Jes Fan Canada/USA/China
- First Dog on the Moon Australia
- Brian Fuata Australia
- FUNPARK Coalition Australia
- Nicholas Galanin USA
- Stuart Geddes and Trent Walter Australia
- Fátima Rodrigo Gonzales Peru
- Josep Grau-Garriga (1929-2011) Spain/France
- Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian Iran/United Arab Emirates
- Lawrence Abu Hamdan Jordan/Lebanon
- Aziz Hazara Afghanistan
- Lily Hibberd Australia/France
- Lucas Ihlein and Kim Williams Australia
- Iltja Ntjarra / Namatjira School of Art Australia
- Arthur Jafa USA
- Hannah Catherine Jones United Kingdom
- Emily Karaka New Zealand
- Bronwyn Katz South Africa
- Kylie Kwong Australia
- Tarek Lakhrissi France
- Barbara McGrady Australia
- Ibrahim Mahama Ghana
- Stone Kulimoe'anga Maka Tonga/New Zealand
- Noŋgirrŋa Marawili Darrpirra/Yirrkala (Australia)
- Teresa Margolles Mexico/Spain
- Misheck Masamvu Zimbabwe
- Katarina Matiasek Austria
- Mayunkiki Japan
- John Miller and Elisapeta Heta New Zealand
- Jota Mombaça Brazil
- Mostaff Muchawaya Zimbabwe
- Zanele Muholi South Africa
- The Mulka Project Yirrkala (Australia)
- MzRizk Australia
- Elicura Chihuailaf Nahuelpán Chile
- Paulo Nazareth Brazil
- S.J Norman Australia/Germany
- Musa N Nxumalo South Africa
- Manuel Ocampo Philippines
- Erkan Özgen Turkey
- Parramatta Female Factory & PYT Fairfield Australia
- Taqralik Partridge Norway/Canada
- Rosana Paulino Brazil
- Laure Prouvost France/Belgium/United Kingdom
- Reading Oceania Australia
- Lisa Reihana New Zealand
- Andrew Rewald Australia/Germany
- Shaheed / Witness / Kashmir (India/Kashmir)
- STARTTS (NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma
- Survivors) Australia
- Adrian Stimson Canada/Siksika Nation (Canada)
- Anders Sunna Sweden
- Suohpanterror Sápmi(Finland/Sweden/Norway)
- Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers Kainai First Nation (Canada)/Sápmi (Norway)
- Latai Taumoepeau Australia
- Tennant Creek Brio Australia
- Warwick Thornton Australia
- Gina Athena Ulysse Haiti/USA
- Ahmed Umar Sudan/Norway
- Unbound Collective Australia
- Kunmanara Williams (1952-2019) Pitjantjatjara (Australia)
- Pedro Wonaeamirri (with Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri) Melville Island/Andranangruwu, Paluwiyanga (Australia) Tribe: Milipurrulla, White Cockatoo. Dance: Jilarti, Brolga.
Exhibition venues for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020) are:
- Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney NSW
- Artspace Woolloomooloo NSW
- Campbelltown Arts Centre Campbelltown NSW
- Cockatoo Island Sydney Harbour NSW
- Museum of Contemporary Art Australia The Rocks NSW
- National Art School Darlinghurst NSW
NIRIN WIR highlights include:
- Site activations, at the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory centred on NIRIN YARN that is a demonstrative keynote between Dion Beasley, an Alywarr artist with disabilities who communicates through a truncated form of Auslan and prolific drawing, and writer Johanna Bell.
- A series of performances in collaboration with two iconoclastic grassroots organisations from Bankstown: 4ESydney HipHop Festival and Bankstown Poetry Slam.
- A partnership with PYT Fairfield and Parramatta Female Factory Precinct that celebrates and memorialises the experiences and survival of “Parragirls” past and present. The program acknowledges the significant work of Bonney Djuric in transforming the Parramatta Female Factory into an internationally recognized Site of Conscience (United Nations).
Note: Countries where artists were born and are currently based are provided as a reflection of the many places Biennale participants come from. These places are not always wholly reflective of peoples’ place-based identifications.
The 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020): NIRIN will be open – free to the public – from 14 March – 8 June 2020.
Register for the Media Preview (10 March 2020) at biennaleofsydney.art/nirin-media-preview
Register for the Vernissage (11–13 March 2020) at biennaleofsydney.art/nirin-vernissage
Register interest in the learning program OUR PATH at biennaleofsydney.art/register-our-path
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