The Biennale of Sydney is pleased to announce Brook Andrew as the Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney to be held in 2020.
Since 1973, the Biennale of Sydney has provided a global platform for art and ideas and is recognised for commissioning and presenting innovative, thought-provoking art from Australia and around the world.
The 21st Biennale of Sydney attracted visitation of more than 850,000 in 2018, the highest level in its 45-year history reaffirming its position as one of the most important contemporary art events around the world.
Brook Andrew described his appointment as an honour. “As Artistic Director, I am interested in shining a light on the active, stable and rich pre-existing collaborations and connectivity of Indigenous and Edge cultures. I aim to work together with artists, collectives and communities, from Australia and around the globe, to reconfigure the world as we see it and reveal rich local and global rhizomes and unique individual cultural expressions in one place.”
The rich, research-based practice and interventions of Brook Andrew have been presented in exhibitions at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Musée d’ethnographie de Genève, Geneva; Musée du quai Branly, Paris; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. In 2012, he curated the highly regarded exhibition, TABOO, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and his distinguished 25-year career was recently recognised with a large-scale, immersive exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia. Brook Andrew is presently concluding an ambitious, three-year-long Australian Research Council grant, Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial. This project responds to calls for a national memorial to Aboriginal loss during the Frontier Wars, a series of conflicts between Indigenous Australians and European settlers from 1788 to the 1930s.