The Sydney Biennale, which will be exhibited throughout the city from March next year, will be led by Japanese curator Mami Kataoka as artistic director.
A number of international heavyweights are on her list, such as Ai Weiwei, UK artist duo Semiconductor, and Finnish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila. The list also features Australian contemporaries such as Brook Andrew, Yasmin Smith, and George Tjungurrayi.
While the title and overarching theme for the Biennale is yet to be unveiled, and installation and artwork specifics are still to be confirmed, Kataoka’s Sydney Biennale will delve into the event’s rich archive and surprising history, drawing upon 45 years of art and encounters.
“One of the major differences of the Sydney Biennale is its history,” says Kataoka. “Ever since I was asked to take on the role of artistic director, my question was – do we still need a biennale? It’s important to think about the meaning of the Biennale. I wanted to explore the archive and to know more about its history. Its history has been in tandem with the development of art and art institutions in the city.”
The full list of 21 artists is as follows:
Mit Jai Inn
Nguyen Trinh Thi
Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt)
Wong Hoy Cheong