Among the first 33 artists, creatives and collectives announced, Lhola Amira, Arthur Jafa, Gina Athena Ulysse, Zanele Muholi, Jota Mombaça, Ibrahim Mahama, Bronwyn Katz and Sammy Baloji will participating in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney.
The exhibition will be presented free to the public from 14 March to 8 June 2020 at the Art Gallery of NSW, Artspace, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the National Art School in Sydney.
Brook Andrew, Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, shared NIRIN as the title of the exhibition. Reflecting on the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, NIRIN is an important time to advocate for First Nation languages in the mainstream. Meaning edge, NIRIN is a word of Andrew’s mother’s Nation, the Wiradjuri people of western New South Wales.
Brook Andrew added: “NIRIN is not a periphery, it is our centre, and it expresses dynamic existing and ancient practices that speak loudly. NIRIN decentres, challenges and transforms dominant narratives, such as the 2020 Captain Cook anniversary in Australia and reorients Western mapping, shining a light on sites of being that are often ignored or rendered invisible. NIRIN is an inspirational journey driven by stories and grass-root practices, realised through twisting perceptions, moments of transition and a sense of being in the world that is interconnected.”
Seven themes inspire NIRIN:
DHAAGUN (Earth: Sovereignty and Working Together); BAGARAY-BANG (Healing); YIRAWY–DHURAY (Yam-Connection: Food); GURRAY (Transformation); MURIGUWAL GIILAND (Different Stories); NGAWAAL-GUYUNGAN (Powerful-Ideas: The Power of Objects); and BILA (River: Environment).
The 33 participants announced today who will be in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney are:
• Tony Albert Born Australia. Based in Sydney, Australia
• Maria Thereza Alves Born Brazil. Based in Berlin, Germany.
• Lhola Amira Born South Africa. Based in Cape Town, South Africa.
• Sammy Baloji Born Democratic Republic of Congo. Based in Brussels, Belgium.
• Huma Bhabha Born Pakistan. Based in Poughkeepsie, USA.
• Blacktown Native Institution Dharug Nation, Australia.
• Anna Boghiguian Born Egypt. Based in Cairo, Egypt, India and Europe.
• Eric Bridgeman Born Australia. Based in Brisbane, Australia and Wahgi Valley and Jiwaka Province, Papua New Guinea.
• Victoria Santa Cruz Born Peru (1922-2014).
• Léuli Eshrãghi Born Australia. Based in Melbourne, Australia.
• Jes Fan Born Canada. Based in New York, USA and Hong Kong, China.
• Nicholas Galanin Born USA. Based in Sitka, USA.
• Fátima Rodrigo Gonzales Born Peru. Based in Lima, Peru.
• Lawrence Abu Hamdan Born Jordan. Based in Beirut, Lebanon.
• Arthur Jafa Born USA. Based in Los Angeles, USA
• Hannah Catherine Jones Born United Kingdom. Based in London, United Kingdom.
• Bronwyn Katz Born South Africa. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
• Mayunkiki Born Japan. Based in Hokkaido, Japan.
• Kylie Kwong Born Australia. Based in Sydney, Australia.
• Barbara McGrady Born Australia. Based in Sydney, Australia
• Ibrahim Mahama Born Ghana. Based in Tamale, Ghana.
• Teresa Margolles Born Mexico. Based in Mexico City, Mexico and Madrid, Spain.
• Misheck Masamvu Born Zimbabwe. Based in Harare, Zimbabwe
• Katarina Matiasek Born Austria. Based in Vienna, Austria.
• Jota Mombaça Born Brazil. Based in Berlin, Germany, Madrid, Spain and Sao Paolo, Brazil.
• Prof Sir Zanele Muholi Born South Africa. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
• The Mulka Project Yirrkala, Australia.
• S.J Norman Born Australia. Based in Berlin, Germany, London, United Kingdom, and Melbourne, Australia.
• Taqralik Partridge Born Quebec, Canada. Based in Kautokeino, Norway.
• Laure Prouvost Born France. Based in London, England and Antwerp, Belgium.
• Lisa Reihana Born New Zealand. Based in Auckland, New Zealand.
• Latai Taumoepeau Born Australia. Based in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.
• Gina Athena Ulysse Born Haiti. Based in Connecticut, USA.
The Biennale of Sydney is a renowned exhibition of international contemporary art, the third oldest biennial in the world after Venice and São Paulo and the largest exhibition of its kind in Australia. Situated across multiple sites in Sydney and beyond, over nearly half a century, the Biennale of Sydney has commissioned and presented exceptional works of art by more than 1,800 national and international artists from more than 100 countries. Jo-Anne Birnie-Danzker, Director and CEO of the Biennale of Sydney, spoke of the significance of the 22nd Biennale as an artist- and First Nation-led endeavour, and its spirit of collaboration.
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