Denilson Baniwa, last year’s winner of the PIPA Online, will be part of the 22nd edition of the Biennale of Sydney, one of the leading contemporary art events, and this year’s edition is called NIRIN (edge). The artistic direction is in the hands of Brook Andrew, and the exhibition will include artworks across six sites: Art Gallery of NSW, Artspace, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the National Art School. NIRIN is described to be “artist- and First Nations-led, presenting an expansive exhibition of contemporary art that connects local communities and global networks”.
The artist was invited by Brook Andrew to exhibit his work alongside other over 90 artists, and the curatorship, crew and artists are all of Indigenous origins. Baniwa celebrated this in his Instagram page, in which he commented how happy he is to be surrounded by people with this heritage in his first Biennale: “I couldn’t be more blessed. Being together with brothers and sisters in this Biennale is a birthday present four days in advance. (…) I hope someday in all Biennales of the world there will be many and all Indigenous people on the guest list. As it should be”.
Concerning this year’s Biennale, Andrew commented, as written on the official webpage: “The urgent states of our contemporary lives are laden with unresolved past anxieties and hidden layers of the supernatural. NIRIN is about to expose this, demonstrating that artists and creatives have the power to resolve, heal, dismember and imagine futures of transformation for re-setting the world. Sovereignty is at the centre of these actions. I hope that NIRIN (edge) gathers life forces of integrity to push through often impenetrable noise”.
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