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Sydney Biennale Announces Artists 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. For a full list of exhibiting artists, see below.

Michele Abeles

Korakrit Arunanondchai
Samuel Beckett

Lee Bul

Boris Charmatz

Cevdet Erek

Cécile B. Evans
William Forsythe
Nilbar Güreş
Camille Henrot

Bharti Kher

Emma McNally

Maaike Schoorel

Chiharu Shiota

Justene Williams

Ming Wong

Xu Zhen
Karen Mirza

Brad Butler

Johanna Calle

Sheila Hicks

Mella Jaarsma
Jumana Manna
Dane Mitchell

Sudarshan Shetty

Taro Shinoda

Rodel Tapaya

Yin-ju Chen

Nyapanyapa Yunupingu
Nina Beier

Richard Bell

Daniel Boyd

Noa Eshkol

Adam Linder
Kazimir Malevich

Helen Marten
Shahryar Nashat
Dayanita Singh

Lauren Brincat

Chen Chieh-jen

Neha Choksi

Yannick Dauby

Wan-Shuen Tsai

FX Harsono

Lee Mingwei

Charles Lim

Minouk Lim

Gerald Machona

Yuta Nakamura

Otobong Nkanga

Jamie North

Melik Ohanian
Bernardo Ortiz

Mike Parr

Miguel Ángel Rojas

María Isabel Rueda

Aura Satz

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Yao Jui-chung

Robert Renhui Zhao

Marco Chiandetti

Charwei Tsai

Heman Chong
Frances Barrett
Kate Blackmore
Kelly Doley
Diana Smith
Joyce Campbell

Mette Edvardsen

Agatha Gothe-Snape

Bo Christian Larsson

Archie Moore

Oscar Murillo

Falke Pisano

Keg de Souza