April 13, 2021 - Biennale of Sydney - Biennale of Sydney: rīvus
April 13, 2021

Biennale of Sydney

Carolina Caycedo, Yuma, or the Land of Friends, 2014. Digital print on acrylic glass, satellite images, 580 x 473 cm. Installation view, the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Museen Dahlen,  Berlin, 2014. Courtesy of the artist. 

Biennale of Sydney
Announcing the first 59 participants in the 23rd edition

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Today, the Biennale of Sydney announced the first 59 participants in the 23rd edition of the event, open to the public from March 12 to June 13, 2022. They also announced the title of this major international contemporary art event: rīvus.

Situated along the waterways of the Gadigal and Burramattagal people, the 2022 Biennale of Sydney will be articulated through a series of conceptual wetlands and imagined ecosystems populated by artworks, public programs, experiments, research and activisms, following the currents of meandering tributaries that expand into a delta of interrelated ideas.

Those invited to take part in the 23rd Biennale of Sydney will be known as “participants” rather than “artists” reflecting their diverse talents, skills, practice—and modes of being—that extend beyond the realm of the visual arts. The list of participants announced today live and work across 33 countries on six continents including Cameroon, Cuba, Venezuela, Slovenia, Taiwan, Tonga, and the Netherlands.

While the locations for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney will be announced later this year, for the first time, the Cutaway, a cultural venue situated in Barangaroo Reserve on Sydney’s magnificent harbour, will be among them.

In a panel discussion facilitated by First Nations journalist Rachael Hocking, the Curatorium spoke of waterways as dynamic living systems with varying degrees of political agency.

The Curatorium said: “Indigenous knowledge has long understood non-human entities as living ancestral beings with a right to life that must be protected. But only recently have some plants, mountains, and bodies of water been granted legal personhood. If we can recognise that a river has a voice, what might it say?

rīvus will enable aqueous beings—rivers, wetlands, and other salt and freshwater ecosystems—to share a dialogue with artists, architects, designers, scientists, and communities. Considering the water ecology’s perspective raises unlikely questions: Can a river sue over psychoactive sewage? Will oysters grow teeth in aquatic revenge? What do the eels think? Are waves the ocean’s desire?”

Barbara Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Biennale of Sydney said: “Admission to the Biennale of Sydney is free for all to enjoy, with an open invitation for you to experience the most innovative contemporary art and ideas from around the world in some of Sydney’s most stunning and accessible public spaces. This edition of the Biennale will be all about our connections, and disconnections, with water, and as a result, with each other. It will be a beautiful thing to experience.”

The first 59 participants announced today as part of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022) are:

A4C Arts for the Commons (Ecuador/Italy) / Ackroyd & Harvey (England) / Robert Andrew (Yawuru, Australia) / Ana Barboza and Rafael Freyre (Peru) / Badger Bates (Barkandji, Australia) / Milton Becerra (Venezuela/France) / Cave Urban (Australia) / Hera Büyüktaşcıyan (Turkey) / Tania Candiani (Mexico) / Yoan Capote (Cuba) / Casino Wake Up Time (Bundjalung, Kamillaroi, Australia) / Carolina Caycedo (Colombia/USA) / Alex Cerveny (Brazil) / Erin Coates (Australia) / Cian Dayrit (Philippines) / Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson (USA) / Matias Duville (Argentina) / Clemencia Echeverri (Colombia) / Embassy of the North Sea (North Sea/The Netherlands) / Juliana Góngora Rojas (Colombia) / Julie Gough (Trawlwoolway, Australia) / Senior Craftsman Rex Greeno and son Dean Greeno (Palawa, Australia) / David Haines & Joyce Hinterding (Australia/England) / Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe (Yanomami, Venezuela) / Dale Harding (Bidjara/Ghungalu/Garingbal, Australia) / Joey Holder (England) / Marguerite Humeau (France) / Aluaiy Kaumakan (Paiwan Nation, Paridrayan Community, Taiwan) / Pushpa Kumari (India) / Eva L'Hoest (Belgium) / Mata Aho Collective (Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Pūkeko, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Aotearoa New Zealand) / Clare Milledge (Australia) / Yuko Mohri (Japan) / Moogahlin Performing Arts with Aanmitaagzi Big Medicine Studio (Murrawarri, Biripi, Australia; Ojibway/Mohawk, Mi’kmaq, Turtle Island, Canada) / New Landscapes Institute (Australia) / New-Territories_S/he_f.Roche (France) / Leeroy New (Philippines) / Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Nigeria/USA) / Mike Parr (Australia) / Marjetica Potrč (Slovenia) / Caio Reisewitz (Brazil) / Tabita Rezaire (France/French Guiana) / Duke Riley (USA) / Abel Rodríguez (Mogaje Guihu) (Nonuya, Colombia) / Teho Ropeyarn (Angkamuthi/Yadhaykana, Australia) / Diana Scherer (Germany/The Netherlands) / Dineo Seshee Bopape (South Africa) / Komunidad X Sipat Lawin (Philippines) / Kiki Smith (USA) / Paula de Solminihac (Chile) / STARTTS (NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors) and Jiva Parthipan (Australia) / Jenna Sutela (Finland/Germany) / Imhathai Suwatthanasilp (Thailand) / Leanne Tobin (Dharug, Australia) / Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon/France) / Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi (Tonga/Aotearoa New Zealand) / Hanna Tuulikki (England/Scotland/Finland) / Gal Weinstein (Israel) / Zheng Bo (Bai, China) 

The team of curators—the Curatorium—developing and realising the 2022 edition represent the Biennale of Sydney’s core exhibition partners:

José Roca, Artistic Director, 23rd Biennale of Sydney
Paschal Daantos Berry, Head of Learning and Participation, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Anna Davis, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Hannah Donnelly, Producer, First Nations Programs, Information + Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.)
Talia Linz, Curator, Artspace

The 23rd Biennale of Sydney will be presented free to the public from Saturday, March 12 to Monday, June 13, 2022.

Note: rīvus means “stream” in Latin. Interestingly, the word “rivalry” has its origins in the Latin root rivālis which is derived from rīvus. rivālis / rivalry means “one who uses the same stream / water source.” 

For further information on the Biennale of Sydney, please visit biennaleofsydney.art.

About the Biennale of Sydney
The Biennale of Sydney is a leading international contemporary art event. It plays an indispensable role in Australia’s engagement with the world, and a meaningful role in the life of the nation. For almost 50 years, the Biennale has been a unifying force in the Australian arts sector, embedding boldly creative art exhibitions and experiences in the everyday life of Sydney and putting the artistic excellence of Australia front and centre on the world stage. The Biennale of Sydney has commissioned and presented exceptional works of art by more than 1900 national and international artists from more than 130 countries. The Biennale of Sydney is committed to free access for all.

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