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17th Biennale of Sydney

February 11, 2010

Under the theme The Beauty of Distance, local and international artists and performers will gather for Australia’s largest visual arts event.

The theme for the 17th Biennale of Sydney is The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age. Recent and new works by Australian artists will be showcased alongside international artists at Sydney’s leading cultural institutions, contemporary art spaces and heritage sites.

Artists’ works will be presented alongside the work of contemporary writers, filmmakers, commentators and musicians. ‘The aim of this Biennale is to bring together work from diverse cultures, at the same time, on the equal playing field of contemporary art, where no culture can assume superiority over any other,’ says Biennale Artistic Director David Elliott.

Cockatoo Island (in the middle of Sydney Harbour) returns as a major venue in 2010, featuring many new site-specific works created directly in response to the location. The venue will feature works by approximately 50 artists, including Cai Guo-Qiang, the Tiger Lillies, AES+F, Isaac Julien, Kutlu? Ataman and Brook Andrew.

The entire gallery space of MCA will be devoted to the Biennale, showing 110 larrakitj (memorial poles) created by 41 Yolngu artists from North East Arnhem Land. Other artists exhibiting at the MCA include John Bock, Louise Bourgeois, Brett Graham and Angela Ellsworth.

Artspace, the Opera HOuse, Pier 2/3, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Art Gallery of New South Wales are also involved.

The 17th Biennale of Sydney will be dedicated to the life and continuing influence of Nick Waterlow OAM and the Biennale’s keynote address from hereon will be named in Nick Waterlow’s memory.

Visit the ["website":http://www.bos17.com/] for more information.

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