Sydney Contemporary


Sydney Contemporary is going annual this year. In its third iteration, the event is set to be “wonderful and varied” says Sydney Contemporary CEO and director, Barry Keldoulis, who describes this year’s line-up as the strongest to date.

Several international galleries will be exhibiting in Australia for the first time, including Dastan’s Basement of Tehran, who will have an artist in residence, Mohammad Hossein Gholamzadeh, creating sculptural work in the lead up to the fair.

Silverlens Galleries, Manila, will be showing a selection of work by six of their artists, and Mutt Gallery, from Santiago, will be part of the Future exhibition sector, focused on galleries considered to be on the rise and who have been operating for less than five years.

Installation Contemporary, curated by Rachel Kent (chief curator of MCA) and Megan Robson (assistant curator, MCA), will feature a number of imposing, large-scale works dotted throughout the Carriageworks precinct. Established artists, such as Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Nike Savvas and Maio Motoko, will be shown alongside a younger cohort including Richard Lewer, Lara Merrett, Sanné Mestrom and teamLab. Interdisciplinary art collective, teamLab will present an ever developing, time-based work that “buds, grows and blooms,” says Keldoulis.

Off the Redfern campus, Sydney Contemporary will extend out to Bangaroo, a new precinct at the southern end of the Harbour Bridge. Joan Ross, winner of a slew of prizes of late including the Sulman this year, will be holding a one-month residency in the area, inviting locals and passersby alike to spend some time among her work and contribute to it. A program of talks – covering everything from aesthetics to art preservation, performances (such as Hayden Fowler’s experiential Together Again which features dystopia, with a dingo) and a night out with Ramesh Nithiyendran flesh out the rest of the four-day contemporary art intensive.

Sydney Contemporary
7 September – 10 September

Preview Words by Ariele Hoffman