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22nd Biennale of Sydney

  • Sector: Arts and Culture
  • Country location: Australia
  • Grantee: Biennale of Sydney
Photo of artwork which are cut outs, handmade khadi paper (rug) encoustic.
Anna Boghiguian, Cut outs, handmade khadi paper (rug) encoustic. Nimes Carree Dart Museum 2016. Credit: Image courtesy of the artist.

Project description

The 22nd Biennale of Sydney, titled NIRIN, will take place from 14 March to 8 June 2020.

The exhibition will feature the work of significant contemporary artists born in the Arab world:

Tarek Atoui is a Lebanese artist and composer and will create a new multimedia installation. His works are informed by music history research and tradition, coming to life in performances exploring innovative methods of collaboration and production.

Anna Boghiguian will create an immersive new sculptural installation. Boghiguian's self-reflective work explores the multitude of perspectives and experiences she observes capturing the chaos, confusion and exuberance of urban life in her native Cairo.

Mohamed Bourouissa will develop a new multimedia installation. The French-Algerian artist investigates subjectivation and representation in the social, cultural, and economical margins of society.

Over half a century, the Biennale of Sydney has commissioned and presented exceptional works of art by more than 1,800 national and international artists including the work of 32 artists born or living in the Arab world. The participation of these artists in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney will facilitate important cultural exchanges, and increase public awareness of collaborations and cooperation between Australia and the Arab world.

Key dates

  • Opening Week: Cockatoo Island / Art Gallery of NSW / Artspace / Museum of Contemporary Art /
  • National Art School / Campbelltown Art Centre, 9 to 15 March 2020
  • Artist Briefing: La Perouse, 12 September 2019 to 12 July 2020
  • 22nd Biennale of Sydney Exhibition: Art Gallery of New South Wales / Artspace / Campbelltown Art Centre / Cockatoo Island / National Art School / Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 14 March to 8 June 2020
  • Closing Week: Art Gallery of NSW / Artspace / Campbelltown Art Centre / Cockatoo Island / National Art School / Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 1 to 8 June 2020
  • Council for Australian-Arab Relations grant offer: $10,000.
  • Total project value: $275,647.

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