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Sydney Biennale Announces Artist List

The artistic director of the twentieth edition of the Sydney Biennale, Stephanie Rosenthal, today announced details of the first seventy-one artists who will be exhibiting at seven venues across the city of Sydney, Australia. The biennale will open on March 18, run until June 5, 2016, and is titled “The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed,” after a quote from science fiction author William Gibson. The venues for the biennale, which will be imagined as ‘embassies’ by the curatorial team, are Cockatoo Island, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks, Artspace, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and a bookshop. Additionally, for the first time a former train station, Mortuary Station, will also serve as a venue.

Rosenthal said of the concept for the twentieth edition: “If each era posits its own view of reality, what is ours? One of the key ideas this Biennale explores is how the common distinction between the virtual and the physical has become ever more elusive. The embassies are also inspired by the unique locations and individual histories of each venue,” adding that the exhibition will concern itself with “our interaction with the digital world, displacement from and occupation of spaces and land, and the interconnections and overlaps between politics and financial power structures.”

Highlights from the artists’ list include performances scheduled by boychild and Justene Williams with the Sydney Chamber Opera, along with installations by Camille Henrot, Lee Bul, Chiharu Shiota, Ming Wong, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Sheila Hicks, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Jumana Manna, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.