24th Biennale of Sydney: Ten Thousand Suns
- When 9 Mar - 10 Jun 2024
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Ten Thousand Suns conveys divergent images. The singular life-giving body that is the sun, like the world it shines light upon, has otherwise been known under thousands of different words in as many languages. Each name carries with it a different cultural viewpoint, many of which do not rely on a vision of a single sun. The image of many suns evokes projections of a scorching world, both in several cosmological visions and in our moment of climate emergency and of a world ablaze. Yet Ten Thousand Suns also conveys the joy of cultural multiplicities affirmed, First Nations understandings of the cosmos brought to the fore, and carnivals as forms of resistance rallying against colonial oppression and dehumanisation.
The 24th Biennale of Sydney works within these different layers, acknowledging the deep crises derived from colonial and capitalist exploitation while refusing to concede to an apocalyptic vision of the future. This politics of doom can be seen as attempts by the same forces to render impossible the overcoming of the multiple crises that they themselves have produced. The 24th Biennale of Sydney proposes instead the radiance and warmth of ten thousand suns, illuminating a collective future that is not only possible, but necessary to be lived in irrepressible joy and plenitude, in common humanity.
Elyas Alavi with Hussein Shirzard; Jim Hinton; John Hinton; and Alibaba Awrang
Joel Sherwood Spring
Júlia Côta and Prazeres Côta
Leila el Rayes
Mauroof Jameel & Hamsha Hussain
Artistic Directors: Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain First Nations Curatorial Fellow: Tony Albert (Kuku Yalanji)
Curatorial Advisor: Vivian Ziherl
Book now for the 24th Biennale of Sydney Opening Party at UNSW Galleries
UNSW Galleries is one of several venues. More information on the 24th Biennale of Sydney here.
Spotlight Talk: Idas Losin
2–2.30pm Saturday 9 March 2024
Artist Idas Losin discusses her major new painting commission and how it explores her Indigenous Taiwanese identity.
Spotlight Talk: Udeido Collective
2.30–3.00pm Saturday 9 March 2024
Artist Dicky Takndare of Udeido Collective discusses exploring the social-cultural dynamics of Papua, Indonesia through artmaking.
Panel: Decolonial Cartographies
3–3.45pm Saturday 9 March 2024
Artists Megan Cope, Nikau Hindin, and Rongamai Grbic Hoskins join Curatorial Advisor Vivian Ziherl to discuss strategies for disrupting Western constructs of time and geography.
Mapurtiti Nonga (Evil Ass Dreaming):
Scientific Extractions, Sex Capital & Farty Spirits From Settler Northern Territory
4–4.45pm Saturday 9 March 2024
Tiwi-Warlpiri Sistagirl Elder Crystal Love and founder of Yangamini collective joins fellow members Jens Cheung and Nadine Lee to discuss First Nations land rights, sexual diversity, and rhetorical sustainability.
Book Launch: What to Let Go?
6–7.30pm Saturday 9 March 2024
Hear from the editors Cosmin Costinaş and Inti Guerrero of the new publication 'What to Let Go?' as they discuss imperial heritage, repatriation, and cultural sovereignty.
Workshop: Interior Effects as an Outcome of War
2–3pm Saturday 20 April 2024
Artist Bonita Ely leads a workshop to explore the ongoing, intergenerational effects of undiagnosed posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) suffered by family members of returned soldiers.
Unpacking Murder: William Yang & Ellie Buttrose
2–3pm Saturday 18 May 2024
Artist William Yang joins curator Ellie Buttrose in conversation as they unpack the harrowing story behind Yang’s photographic series My Uncle’s Murder.