21st Biennale of Sydney launches across seven locations, presenting 70 artists and artist collectives

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21st Biennale of Sydney launches across seven locations, presenting 70 artists and artist collectives
Installation view of work by Abraham Cruzvillegas.

SYDNEY.- The 21st Biennale of Sydney opened to the public Friday, 16 March, presenting the work of 70 artists and artist collectives from six continents, at seven locations around Sydney, in a free, three-month exhibition running until 11 June 2018. This year, Australia’s pre-eminent contemporary art event celebrates its 45th anniversary and has been curated by Artistic Director Mami Kataoka exploring the theme of SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement.

The 21st Biennale of Sydney – recognised for commissioning and showcasing innovative and thought-provoking Australian and international art – is presented at seven of the city’s most respected museums, galleries and non-traditional exhibition spaces: Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Sydney Opera House and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Participating artists hail from six continents including Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America and Europe with a quarter of the exhibiting artists from Australia.

Many of the artworks presented in the 21st Biennale are the result of direct engagement with communities around the globe and reflect the artists’ personal histories. Artistic Director, Mami Kataoka commented: “Taking Sydney in 2018 as a starting point, the 21st Biennale of Sydney SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement promises to be a creative and critical experience for observing the world. The artists in the 21st Biennale of Sydney have been chosen to offer a panoramic view of how opposing interpretations can come together in a state of equilibrium. My hope is that the artworks in this Biennale will serve as a catalyst for thought for all of us.”

Jo-Anne Birnie-Danzker, Director and CEO of the Biennale of Sydney, added: “In 2018, we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Biennale of Sydney, one of the most respected contemporary art events in the Asia Pacific region. Visitors will experience more than 300 remarkable contemporary artworks across seven locations, curated by Artistic Director Mami Kataoka. The 21st Biennale of Sydney promises to be a compelling exploration of the most urgent issues of our day through the eyes of exceptional international and Australian artists.”

The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) – a partner of the Biennale since 1976 – reflects on the Biennale’s rich history through a close examination of its archive, drawing on more than four decades of encounters with art from around the globe. In addition to the archive project, the Art Gallery of NSW presents 17 artists across the Gallery including celebrated Australian artists Sydney Ball, Roy Wiggan and Roy de Maistre. Paintings by Wathaurung elder Marlene Gilson overturn the colonial grasp on Australia’s past by representing the involvement of Aboriginal people in significant historical events such as the 1854 Eureka Stockade. N.S. Harsha’s twelve-metre long mirrored commission, which assembles found cardboard packaging collected from around the world with 900 hand-carved teak elephants, is being presented alongside Cambodian art collective Sa Sa Art Projects’ collaborative work on the history of the recently demolished White Building in Phnom Penh.

Artspace in Woolloomooloo, a partner of the Biennale since 1992, hosts five artists for the 21st Biennale of Sydney, including pre-eminent Flemish painter Michaël Borremans who exhibits a selection of intimate video works, paintings and drawings. Ai Weiwei’s Crystal Ball, 2017, considers the complex future of our world in the face of the current global humanitarian crisis. Indian artist Tanya Goel presents a selection of paintings and fresco works alongside a site-specific wall drawing. China’s Geng Xue exhibits a video work, Poetry of Michelangelo, 2015, that evokes the conversation between artist and creation, whilst Vietnamese artist Tiffany Chung shows an embroidered textile map and other artworks delineating the patterns of diaspora.

The Biennale of Sydney returns to multi-arts precinct and former rail-yard Carriageworks for the fourth time in 2018, with a series of large-scale immersive installations. UK-based duo Semiconductor present a five-channel video work exploring the material nature of our world and how we experience it through the lens of science and technology. Other artworks presented at Carriageworks include video work by Vietnam’s Trinh Thi Nguyen, new and existing works by Pintupi artist George Tjungurrayi and a four-channel video projection by Chinese artist Chen Shaoxiong depicting familiar landscapes from everyday life.

On Cockatoo Island, 20 artists present works echoing the history of the UNESCO-listed site around movement, migration, production and participation, including works that grow or morph over the course of the Biennale. Ai Weiwei’s Law of the Journey, 2017, a 60-metre inflatable boat filled with more than 300 oversized figures, made from the same rubber used to manufacture the precarious vessels that carry refugees across the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece, fills a cavernous space on the Island. Thai artist, Mit Jai Inn created a series of new works in which the visible process of creation is as important as the final product. Sydney artist Yasmin Smith created a ceramics studio and open-air kiln alongside a ceramic installation featuring cast mangrove branches finished in a hand-made wood ash glaze and Melbourne artist Nicholas Mangan presents a work which dismantles accepted histories to reveal the complex dynamic between human action and the state of nature. Scottish artist Anya Gallaccio’s sculptural work comprises a 3D printed clay mountain range, whilst Thai artist Tawatchai Puntusawasdi presents metal sculptures and two-dimensional drawings as a replica of his studio. The Island hosts a series of site-specific large-scale installations: in the Turbine Hall, Japan’s Yukinori Yanagi presents Icarus Container, 2018, an immersive maze-like artwork created with shipping containers that uses mirrors to reflect the light of the sun. Japanese-born, Sydney-based artist Koji Ryui presents a site-specific work that expands on his experimentation with geometric abstraction and the spatial potential of everyday objects. British artist Ryan Gander installed a new commission, creating his own universe with replica models of artefacts from his life. Lebanese-born, Sydney-based artist Khaled Sabsabi presents Bring the Silence, 2018, a five-channel audio visual installation that offers an intimate insight into practiced customs at sacred Sufi burial sites.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) presents the work of 18 artists across two levels of the museum, including interdisciplinary Australian artist Brook Andrew with a new commission of five sculptures, each representing one of the five elements of the universe according to the philosophy of Wuxing – central to the 21st Biennale of Sydney curatorial concept. The MCA exhibition features South Australian Ngarrindjeri artist Yvonne Koolmatrie’s intricate sedge-woven burial baskets which are a synthesis of traditional knowledge and contemporary innovation, a new work by Yarrenyty Arltere Artists from the Western Arrernte community arts enterprise in Alice Springs and shell-worked slippers by Bidjigal artist and elder Esme Timbery. From Finland, Tuomas Aleksander Laitinen presents a new commission, continuing his research-driven practice which scrutinises global systems, focusing on the correlation between large-scale networks and local events utilising light, sound installation and the moving image. American artist Liza Lou collaborates with KwaZulu-Natal women to present a complex, hand-woven bead installation representing clouds, whilst Australian artist Tom Nicholson adds to an existing wall drawing: a matrix of painstakingly handwritten words narrating a geo-political history of the 20th century. Canadian artist Ciara Phillips presents a working printmaking studio and Swiss artist Marc Bauer presents an installation incorporating a site-specific wall drawing, works on paper and ceramics. Hong Kong artist Nicole Wong exhibits marble works that draw on google searches.

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art presents a video work that documents a participatory event by Japanese theatre-director and artist Akira Takayama who has invited residents of Sydney to perform a song passed down through their family, at Sydney Town Hall.

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