Carriageworks - Biennale of Sydney

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Biennale Carriageworks 1 (Photograph: Ben Symons)
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Photograph: Ben Symons

Lee Mingwei – 'Guernica in Sand'

Biennale Carriageworks 2 (Photograph: Leïla Joy)
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Photograph: Leïla Joy

Minouk Lim – 'Strange Fruit'

Biennale Carriageworks 3 (Photograph: Ben Symons)
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Photograph: Ben Symons

Jamie North – 'Succession'

Biennale Carriageworks 4 (Photograph: Ben Symons)
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Photograph: Ben Symons
Biennale Carriageworks 5 (Photograph: Ben Symons)
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Photograph: Ben Symons

Lauren Brincat – 'Salt Lines – Play It As It Sounds' performance instruments.

Biennale Carriageworks 6 (Photograph: Leïla Joy)
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Photograph: Leïla Joy

Don’t Follow the Wind collective – 'A Walk in Fukushima'

Biennale Carriageworks 7 (Photograph: Leïla Joy)
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Photograph: Leïla Joy

FX Harsano – 'Raining Bed'

Biennale Carriageworks 8 (Photograph: courtesy the artist and ARNDT Art Agency)
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Photograph: courtesy the artist and ARNDT Art Agency

FX Harsano – 'Raining Bed' (2013)

Biennale Carriageworks 9 (Photograph: Dee Jefferson)
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Photograph: Dee Jefferson
Biennale Carriageworks 10 (Photograph: Leïla Joy)
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Photograph: Leïla Joy

Gerald Machona – 'Uri Afronaut'

Biennale Carriageworks 11 (Photograph: Leïla Joy)
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Photograph: Leïla Joy

Melik Ohanian – 'Shell'

Biennale Carriageworks 12 (Photograph: Leïla Joy)
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Photograph: Leïla Joy

Neha Choksi with Alice Cummins – ‘In Memory Of The Last Sunset’ (performance)

Welcome to the Embassy of Disappearance

This Biennale of Sydney site plays with the history of the area: Gadigal land that was turned into farmland, then a railway depot, and now a cultural centre. The works shown at this venue will explore “how we memorise history; how we deal with history; how languages, cultures and landscapes are disappearing,” says curator Stephanie Rosenthal.

CAN'T MISS

Lee Mingwei's 'Guernica in Sand' (2006/2016)
Dominating the floorspace at Carriageworks is Lee Mingwei’s ‘Guernica in Sand’ (2006-2016), a sand painting that will change over the course of the Biennale as the piece is created and then destroyed. Lee chose Picasso’s famous 1937 painting ‘Guernica’ as his departure point, as he was thinking at that time about George W Bush’s bombing of Iraq, and the idea of destruction, creation and the possibility of hope.

DON’T MISS

Gerald Machona's 'Afronauts'
This young Zimbabwe-born visual and performance artist is presenting a cluster of works made in response to a wave of violence against Zimbabwean immigrants in South Africa in the late 1990s and early noughties. At the centre of the installation will be two sculptural personas, or ‘Afronauts’ as he calls them: figures wearing space suits made from decommissioned Zimbabwean Dollar notes and old South African Rand.

FOR THE DIARY

Guernica in Sand’ performance
Sat Apr 23, noon-5pm.
Ever have the urge to touch the art? In this performance, you can walk on the work – and ruin it. As Lee puts the finishing touches on his ‘Guernica in Sand’, members of the public are invited to walk across it one at a time, gently defacing it. Once the image is complete, Lee and three assistants sweep the work using bamboo brushes, transforming it into something abstract.

Read our Biennale of Sydney guide to find out what and who is where.

By: Dee Jefferson

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