14 March - 08 June 2020
Biennale of Sydney (Sídney, Australia)
The 22nd Biennale of Sydney NIRIN is an artist- and First Nations-led endeavor that will bring together artists, makers, scientists, academics and thinkers from around the world. They will deliver artworks, insights, ideas and projects that challenge dominant narratives, share Indigenous knowledge, displace conventional notions of the centre and reimagine the role of the arts institution.
Brook Andrew, one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, is Artistic Director of the exhibition.
AC/E supports the participation of through the PICE grants of Colectivo Ayllu and Josep Grau-Garriga.
For the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, Colectivo Ayllu are proposing a site-specific and immersive installation at Artspace, incorporating work created during a residency at the Australian Print Workshop (APW) in August 2019. They will create a labyrinthine installation of large-format printed works with multiple stations, addressing issues of racism and coloniality.
For the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, there will be a new display of Josep Grau-Garriga’s Alterpiece of the Hanged Men. This is an existing work dating back to the 1970’s, in which the artist would create epic, large-scale installations of multiple tapestries in dialogue with non-museum spaces. Presented on large, scaffolded structures, these installations would reference both religious and historical iconography in dedication to the victims of the Franco regime in Spain. Presented in a central position and reaching high up into the ceiling, a special presentation of Alterpiece of the Hanged Men will hold a pivotal position within an intervention into the Old Courts at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, a monumental space that memorialises a very difficult and oftentimes one-sided Australian history.
The Biennale of Sydney is a renowned, large-scale exhibition of international contemporary art situated across multiple sites in Sydney and beyond that takes place every two years. Over nearly half a century, and twenty-one exhibitions, the Biennale of Sydney has commissioned and presented bold artistic and curatorial endeavours and showcased exceptional works of art by more than 1,800 national and international artists from more than 100 countries.