The 24th Biennale of Sydney, titled Ten Thousand Suns, has just released details of the 2024 festival, which takes place from 9 March to 10 June.
The confirmed locations for the festival are the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Artspace, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney, UNSW Galleries and the recently restored White Bay Power Station.
The first artworks announced include:
-A painting and video work by Waanyi artist Gordon Hookey, to be presented at AGNSW.
-A series of new ceramic works by American artist Adebunmi Gbadebo.
-Dylan Mooney, a Yuwi, Torres Strait and South Sea Islander artist, is creating a large-scale mural celebrating the life of the late queer, First Nations dancer and activist Malcolm Cole.
-A large-scale wallpaper installation by Maru Yacco, an important figure in the Japanese LGBTQIA+ community.
-The late Frank Moore will be represented by his painting Lullaby.
-A series of new commissions by Delhi-born, Sydney-based artist, Kirtika Kain.
Artistic directors Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero say, “Ten Thousand Suns departs from an acknowledgement of a multiplicity of perspectives, cosmologies, and ways of life that have always woven together the world under the sun. A multiplicity of suns conveys ambiguous images. It evokes a scorching world, both in several cosmological visions and very much in our moment of climate emergency. But it also conveys the joy of cultural multiplicities affirmed, of First Nations understandings of the cosmos brought to the fore, and of carnivals as forms of resistance in contexts that have surpassed colonial oppression.
“The 24th Biennale of Sydney works with these different layers of meaning, acknowledging the deep ecological crises derived from colonial and capitalist exploitation while refusing to concede to an apocalyptic vision of the future. The 24th Biennale of Sydney proposes instead solar and radiant forms of resistance that affirm collective possibilities around a future that is not only possible, but necessary to be lived in joy and plenitude.”
24th Biennale of Sydney: Ten Thousand Suns
9 March—10 June 2024
The full list participating artists are:
Adebunmi Gbadebo (USA)
Agnieszka Kurant (Poland / USA)
Agnieszka Polska (Poland / Germany)
Alberto Pitta (Brazil)
Andrew Thomas Huang (USA)
Anne Samat (Malaysia / USA)
Barrileteros Almas del Viento (Guatemala)
Bonita Ely (Australia)
Breda Lynch (Ireland)
Candice Lin (USA)
Chitra Ganesh (USA)
Choy Ka Fai (Singapore / Germany)
Christopher Myers (USA)
Christopher Pease (Minang/Wardandi/Bibbulmun, Australia)
Citra Sasmita (Indonesia)
Cristina Flores Pescorán (Perú / Netherlands / USA)
Darrell Sibosado (Bard/Noongar, Australia)
Destiny Deacon (KuKu (Cape York) & Erub/Mer (Torres Strait), Australia)
Dhopiya Yunupiŋu (Gumatj/Yolŋu nation, Australia)
Diane Burns (Anishinaabe/Chemehuevi, USA)
Doreen Chapman (Manyjilyjarra, Australia)
Dumb Type (Japan)
Dylan Mooney (Yuwi/Meriam Mir/South Sea Islander, Australia)
Eisa Jocson (Philippines)
El Gran Mono (Colombia / Australia)
Elyas Alavi (Hazara, Afghanistan / Australia) with Hussein Shirzad (Afghanistan / Australia); Jimmy Hintons (Australia); John Hintons (Australia) and Alibaba Awrang (Afghanistan / USA)
Eric-Paul Riege (Diné/Navajo, USA)
Felix de Rooy (Curaçao / Netherlands)
Francisco Toledo (Mexico)
Frank Bowling (UK / Guyana)
Frank Moore (USA)
Freddy Mamani (The Plurinational State of Bolivia)
Gordon Hookey (Waanyi, Australia)
Hayv Kahraman (Iraq / Sweden / USA)
I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih (Murni) (Indonesia)
Idas Losin (Truku/Atayal, Taiwan)
Irene Chou (Hong Kong / Australia)
James Eseli (Kala Lagaw Ya/Badhulaig, Torres Strait Islands, Australia)
Li Jiun-Yang (Taiwan)
Joel Sherwood Spring (Wiradjuri, Australia)
John Pule (Niue / Aotearoa New Zealand)
Josh Kline (USA)
Juan Davila (Chile / Australia)
Júlia Côta (Portugal)
Kaylene Whiskey (Yankunytjatjara, Australia)
Kirtika Kain (India / Australia)
Köken Ergun (Turkey / Germany)
Kubra Khademi (Afghanistan / France)
Lawrence Lek (Malaysia / UK)
Leila el Rayes (Australia)
Mangala Bai Maravi (India)
Mariana Castillo Deball (Mexico / Germany)
Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien (France)
Martin Wong (USA)
Maru Yacco (Japan)
Mauroof Jameel & Hamsha Hussain (Maldives)
Megan Cope (Ngugi/Noonuccal, Quandamooka, Australia)
Ming Wong (Singapore / Germany)
Monira Al Qadiri (Kuwait / Germany)
Nádia Taquary (Brazil)
Nikau Hindin (Te Rarawa/Ngāpuhi, Aotearoa New Zealand), Ebonie Fifita-Laufilitoga-Maka (Fungamapitoa, Tonga, Aotearoa New Zealand), Hina Puamohala Kneubuhl (Kihalaupoe, Maui, Hawai‘i), Hinatea Colombani (Arioi, Tahiti), Kesaia Biuvanua (Moce, Lau, Fiji), Rongomai Gbric-Hoskins (Te Rarawa/Ngāpuhi, Aotearoa New Zealand)
Niño de Elche & Pedro G. Romero (Spain)
Orquideas Barrileteras (Guatemala)
Özgür Kar (Turkey / Netherlands)
Pacific Sisters (Aotearoa New Zealand)
Pauletta Kerinauia (Miyartuwi (Pandanus), Tiwi Islands, Australia)
Petrit Halilaj (Kosovo / Germany) & Alvaro Urbano (Spain / Germany)
Robert Campbell Jnr (Ngaku/Dunghutti, Australia)
Rover Joolama Thomas (Kukatja/Wangkajunga, Australia)
Sachiko Kazama (Japan)
Sana Shahmuradova Tanska (Ukraine)
Satch Hoyt (UK / Jamaica)
Saule Dyussenbina (Kazakhstan)
Segar Passi (Meriam Mir/Dauareb, Torres Strait Islands, Australia)
Sergey Parajanov (Armenia / Georgia)
Serwah Attafuah (Ashanti, Australia)
Simon Soon (Malaysia)
Tarryn Gill (Australia)
Te Whā a Huna (Tūwharetoa, Aotearoa New Zealand)
Tracey Moffatt (Australia)
Trevor Yeung (China / Hong Kong)
Udeido Collective (West Papua)
VNS Matrix (Australia)
Weaver Hawkins (England / Australia)
Wendy Hubert (Guruma/Yindjibarndi, Australia)
William Strutt (UK)
William Yang (Australia)
Yangamini (Tiwi; Gulumirrgin; Warlpiri; Kunwinjku; Yolŋu; Wardaman; Karajarri; Gurindji; Burarra, Australia)
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