Biennale of Sydney 2024

Considered one of the leading international contemporary art events, the Biennale of Sydney this year celebrates its 50th year with a city-wide program under the theme Ten Thousand Suns.
Installation view, 'Ten thousand suns' 24th Biennale of Sydney 2024, Art Gallery of New South Wales, featuring art by Pacific Sisters (foreground) and I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih (wall) photo © Art Gallery of New South Wales, Christopher Snee.
Installation view, ‘Ten thousand suns’ 24th Biennale of Sydney 2024, Art Gallery of New South Wales, featuring art by Pacific Sisters (foreground) and I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih (wall) photo © Art Gallery of New South Wales, Christopher Snee.

From First Nations technologies to the Caribbean carnival, the theme of this year’s Biennale of Sydney opens up a radical and important dialogue between some of the world’s most pioneering working artists.

The sprawling 2024 edition features 96 artists and collectives from 50 countries and territories, including Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Niue, Ukraine, and Trinidad and Tobago. And with a free public program across all venues, this is a great opportunity to explore the city’s iconic cultural institutions.

A particular highlight is one of the venues itself. The NSW State Heritage-listed White Bay Power Station has been closed to the public since 1984 — but after extensive remediation and conservation work, it has opened its doors as the focal point of the 2024 Biennale. The exhibition’s curation extends throughout the sprawling space, hanging alongside original machinery and equipment dating from before the 1950s and suspended from its vertiginous ceilings. Wandering through the space is an experience in itself, let alone with the addition of large- and small-scale artwork.

Other venues participating in this year’s Biennale include Art Gallery of NSW, Artspace, Chau Chak Wing Museum, MCA, UNSW Galleries and Sydney Opera House.

Until June 10 2024.

Alberto Pitta, installation view. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with assistance from The Fundação Nacional de Arts. 24th Biennale of Sydney, Ten Thousand Suns, White Bay Power Station. Photo credit: Daniel Boud.
Alberto Pitta in front of his installation at White Bay Power Station, Biennale of Sydney 2024. Photo credit: Daniel Boud.
VNS Matrix, FLAME ME IF YOU DARE, 1993 (renamed and reprinted for exhibition 2024). Text fragment from 'Bitch Mutant Manifesto' digital image, double-sided banner printed on fabric mounted on aluminium frame; DNA Slits, 1993 (renamed and reprinted for exhibition 2024). Original title 'DNA Sluts' exhibited as a lightbox and characters in 'All New Gen' CDROM and installation 1993 digital image, double-sided banner printed on fabric mounted on aluminium frame; 'A Cyberfeminist Manifesto for the 21st Century', 1991 (reprinted for exhibition 2024). Originally produced as a 600cm x 300cm billboard for exhibition digital image, double-sided banner printed on fabric mounted on aluminium frame; Infiltrate, 1994 (reprinted for exhibition 2024). Originally produced as a 400cm x 200cm lightbox for exhibition digital image, double-sided banner printed on fabric mounted on aluminium frame; SUCK MYCODE, 1996 (reprinted for exhibition 2024). Text fragment from ‘Bitch Mutant Manifesto’, digital image, double-sided banner printed on fabric mounted on aluminium frame. Presentation at the 24th Biennale of Sydney was made possible with generous assistance from the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body and generous assistance from Arts South Australia. Courtesy the artists.
Three artworks from art collective VNS Matrix, as displayed at White Bay Power Station.
Sana ShahmuradovaTanska, installation view. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with assistance from the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney. Courtesy the artist and Gunia Nowik Gallery. 24th Biennale of Sydney, Ten Thousand Suns, Artspace. Photo by Daniel Boud.
Sana Shahmuradova Tanska, installation view at Artspace. Photo credit: Daniel Boud.
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