As the most exciting contemporary visual arts event in the Asia-Pacific region, the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012) will celebrate the organisation’s 39th anniversary.
Artistic Directors Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster today unveiled the work of more than 100 artists from over 44 countries, presented at inner-city and harbourside locations across Sydney for the 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations.
Presented free to the public from 27 June until 16 September 2012, the Biennale of Sydney is Australia’s largest and most respected contemporary visual arts event, attracting more than half a million visitors in 2010.
Beginning with the two curators in dialogue, the curatorial premise all our relations provides a collaborative framework that allows conversations to extend to both artists and audiences. The collaboration between Artistic Directors Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster is the first time in the Biennale’s 39-year history that an exhibition has been developed by a curatorial duo.
Exploring new ideas from unexpected voices around the world, the 18th Biennale of Sydney showcases more than 220 works by over 100 artists hailing from Australia, New Zealand, the Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. Nearly half the artists have created works specifically for this exhibition, including many substantial collaborative installations.
Major venues for the 18th Biennale of Sydney are the Art Gallery of New South Wales; the newly redeveloped Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; World Heritage-listed former shipyard and prison, Cockatoo Island; and Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay. For the first time, Redfern-based arts institution Carriageworks is a presenting partner.
18th Biennale of Sydney: Canadian connections
There are 11 Canadian artists participating in the 18th Biennale, including: Shuvinai Ashoona & John Noestheden, Khadija Baker, Philip Beesley, Iris Häussler, Cal Lane, Erin Manning, Nadia Myre, Ed and Cal Lane. Of particular interest are Canadian artists Iris Häussler and Cal Lane.
Iris Häussler is showing Collection of Small Artefacts (2010). Her works are complex installations that take place in domestic locations such as a residential house in Toronto and an historical mansion in Ontario. A complementary part of Häussler’s work includes interactive installations that explore human existence and biography. To learn more about artist Iris Häussler, read her interview with ArtSlant here.
Cal Lane has created a new work for the Sydney Biennale entitled Domesticated Turf on Cockatoo Island. Her ‘industrial doilies’ play upon juxtaposition by transforming industrial objects such as spades, wheelbarrows, oil drums and car doors. The works highlight an unexpected relationship between the delicate and domestic patterns of lace, carved into an expanse of steel to illustrate a comparison and contrast of materials and ideas that compliment and clash with one another
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(Image: Iris Häussler, Collection of Small Artefacts, 2010, beeswax, soil, paper, dimensions variable; Courtesy of the artist)