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International Festival of Contemporary art – Scenes from the Sydney Biennale

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Scenes from the Sydney Biennale

The Biennale of Sydney is an international festival of contemporary art, held every two years in SydneyAustralia. It is the largest and best-attended contemporary visual arts event in the country

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The Biennale of Sydney is a non-profit organisation that presents Australia’s largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts event. Held every two years, the Biennale presents a three-month exhibition, plus a program of artist talks, performances, forums, film screenings, family events, guided tours and other special events, all FREE to the public.

The inaugural Biennale of Sydney was staged in 1973 to provide an international showcase for contemporary art. Its aim was to develop and present a program that challenged traditional thinking and encouraged new levels of enthusiasm for innovative creative expression. The 18th Biennale of Sydney marks the organisation’s 39th anniversary.

The Biennale of Sydney was the fourth recurring contemporary art exhibition to be established on the international calendar – after Venice (1895), São Paulo (1951) and Documenta (1955). The Biennale of Sydney quickly achieved international recognition and critical acclaim and, from a small start, quadrupled in size in less than a decade. Today it ranks as one of the leading international festivals of contemporary art in the world and continues to be recognised for showcasing the freshest and most provocative contemporary art from Australia and around the world.

By The Art Newspaper. Published online: 29 June 2012

Tiffany Singh’s “Knock on the Sky Listen to the Sound”, 2011, consists of hundreds of wind chimes hanging from ribbons which visitors are encouraged to make music with. The work is installed on Pier 2/3, the last undeveloped pier on Sydney Harbour. From 7 August, members of the public will be encouraged to take a wind chime home, decorate it and then return it.

Sewing, basket-weaving, music-making, story-telling and other communal activities are at the heart of the 18th Biennale of Sydney, which opened 27 June and runs until 16 September. The exhibition, spread over five venues in the city, is entitled “All Our Relations” and presents a vision of art as a cathartic experience capable of healing wounds and building bridges. “Humanity is in need of a renewed attention to how we relate to each other and to the world we inhabit,” write curators Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster in one of the texts accompanying the exhibition. “We tend to forget how small acts in our daily life can influence the larger whole and thus destroy or recreate a greater harmony between the spheres.”

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