Biennale of Sydney Names Artists Participating in Its 2020 Edition
The 2020 Biennale of Sydney has released the list of the ninety-eight artists and collectivesincluding several hailing from Afghanistan, Ecuador, Georgia, Nepal, and Sudanthat will be featured in its twenty-second edition. Titled “NIRIN,” meaning “edge,” and curated by artistic director Brook Andrew, the exhibition will take place across six sites: the Art Gallery of NSW, Artspace, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Cockatoo Island, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and the National Art School.“The urgent states of our contemporary lives are laden with unresolved past anxieties and hidden layers of the supernatural,” said 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 center of these actions. I hope that NIRIN gathers life forces of integrity to push through often impenetrable noise.”At a press conference in Little Bay, NSW, on the land of the Bidjigal and Gadigal clans, the biennial also revealed the launch of the programs NIRIN WIRnamed after a phrase meaning “edge sky,” in reference to Andrew’s mother’s nation, the Wiradjuri people of central western New South Walesand OUR PATH. In partnership with the Powerhouse Museum, NIRIN WIR will present a series of activations and collaborations with instituions and grassroots organizations such as the Blacktown Native Institution, the Parramatta Female Factory, and the Bankstown Poetry Slam. OUR PATH is an educational initiative that will engage with Australian children and young pepople.The full list of participating artists is as follows:Adrift Lab, Canada/Australia/United KingdomTony Albert, AustraliaCharlotte Allingham, AustraliaMaria Thereza Alves, Brazil/Germany/ItalyLhola Amira, South AfricaJoël Andrianomearisoa, Madagascar/FranceArTree Nepal, NepalTarek Atoui, Lebanon/FranceSammy Baloji, Democratic Republic of Congo/BelgiumDenilson Baniwa, BrazilBankstown Poetry Slam, AustraliaBE., AustraliaNamila Benson, Papua New GuineaSissel M Bergh, NorwayHuma Bhabha, Pakistan/United StatesBlacktown Native Institution, Dharug Nation (Australia)Karim Bleus, HaitiAnna Boghiguian, Egypt/CanadaMohamed Bourouissa, Algeria/FranceBreaking Bread, South AfricaEric Bridgeman and Haus Yuriyal, Papua New Guinea/AustraliaTania Bruguera, CubaVajiko Chachkhiani, Georgia/GermanyClub Ate: Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra, AustraliaColectivo Ayllu, Argentina/Chile/Ecuador/Spain/VenezuelaVictoria Santa Cruz (1922–2014), PeruRandy Lee Cutler, CanadaJose Dávila, MexicoDemian DinéYazhi´ and R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment, United StatesKarla Dickens, AustraliaLéuli Eshrãghi, AustraliaAndré Eugène, HaitiFAFSWAG, New ZealandJes Fan, Canada/United States/ChinaFirst Dog on the Moon, AustraliaBrian Fuata, AustraliaFUNPARK Coalition, AustraliaNicholas Galanin, United StatesStuart Geddes and Trent Walter, AustraliaFátima Rodrigo Gonzales, PeruJosep Grau-Garriga (1929–2011), Spain/FranceRamin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian, Iran/United Arab Emirates Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Jordan/LebanonAziz Hazara, AfghanistanLily Hibberd, Australia/FranceLucas Ihlein and Kim Williams, AustraliaIltja Ntjarra/Namatjira School of Art, AustraliaArthur Jafa, United StatesHannah Catherine Jones, United KingdomAslaug Magdalena Juliussen, Norway Emily Karaka, New ZealandBronwyn Katz, South AfricaKylie Kwong, AustraliaTarek Lakhrissi, FranceBarbara McGrady, AustraliaIbrahim Mahama, GhanaStone Kulimoe’anga Maka, Tonga/New ZealandNoŋgirrŋa Marawili, Darrpirra/Yirrkala (Australia)Teresa Margolles, Mexico/SpainMisheck Masamvu, ZimbabweKatarina Matiasek, AustriaMayunkiki, JapanJohn Miller and Elisapeta Heta, New ZealandJota Mombaça, BrazilMostaff Muchawaya, ZimbabweProf Sir Zanele Muholi, South AfricaThe Mulka Project, Yirrkala (Australia)MzRizk, AustraliaElicura Chihuailaf Nahuelpán, Chile Paulo Nazareth, BrazilS.J. Norman, Australia/GermanyMusa N Nxumalo, South AfricaManuel Ocampo, PhilippinesErkan Özgen, TurkeyParramatta Female Factory & PYT Fairfield, AustraliaTaqralik Partridge, Norway/CanadaRosana Paulino, BrazilLaure Prouvost, France/Belgium/United KingdomPublic Redress System, AustraliaReading Oceania, AustraliaLisa Reihana, New ZealandAndrew Rewald, Australia/GermanyShaheed/Witness/Kashmir, India/KashmirSTARTTS (NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors), AustraliaAdrian Stimson, Canada/Siksika Nation (Canada)Anders Sunna, SwedenSuohpanterror Sápmi, Finland/Sweden/NorwayElle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Kainai First Nation (Canada)/Sápmi (Norway)Latai Taumoepeau, AustraliaTennant Creek Brio, AustraliaWarwick Thornton, AustraliaKalisolaite ‘Uhila, Tonga/New ZealandGina Athena Ulysse, Haiti/United StatesAhmed Umar, Sudan/NorwayUnbound Collective, AustraliaKunmanara Williams (1952–2019), Pitjantjatjara (Australia)Luke Willis Thompson, New Zealand/Fiji/United KingdomPedro Wonaeamirri, Melville Island/Andranangruwu, Paluwiyanga (Australia). Tribe: Milipurrulla, White Cockatoo. Dance: Jilarti, Brolga.