This Friday sees the official public launch of the Sydney Biennale. Now in its 45th year the 21st Biennale of Sydney returns to a number of exhibition spaces across Sydney. Works of local and international artworks are displayed at Sydney’s premier arts institutions, the MCA and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, as well as the multipurpose, post-industrial Carriageworks and Cockatoo Island. Running from March 16 until June 11, now’s the time to experience the breadth of works on show before it overwhelms your Instagram feed.
Spearheading this year’s Biennale is Mami Kataoka, chief curator of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. Kataoka has devised this year’s theme Superposition: Equilibrium and Engagement, which proposes to integrate the overlapping trends of artistic responses to the contemporary world.
Whether this is the work of Vietnamese artist Tiffany Chung whose extensive research produces works that reveal the processes of modernisation and industrialisation, or British duo Semiconductor’s take on the virtual and physical universes that we simultaneously inhabit, the artists present at the Biennale highlight a diversity of present-day artistic practices.
Perhaps the most prominent artist on show at this year’s Biennale is Ai Weiwei who returns to Sydney this year with his work Law of the Journey. Taking over one of the cavernous shipbuilding halls on Cockatoo Island, the work is built from the same material that keeps asylum seekers afloat while crossing the Mediterranean, the work is an affronting rendition of the enormity of what Weiwei terms the “human crisis” of the 21st century.
Entry to the Biennale is free across all seven locations and in addition to the works exhibited there is a variety of public programming including performances, talks and film screenings. Find out more here: http://www.biennaleofsydney.art/