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Artists explore human and nature connections in the 23rd Sydney Biennale

The 23rd Biennale of Sydney began over the weekend. Photo: Facebook.


The 23rd Biennale of Sydney began across the city last week, with the art pieces featured hoping to ask unlikely questions and explore the links between humans and nature during the three-month festival.

The Biennale opened at venues including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Art School and the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct on Saturday.

Titled rīvus, the Biennale features rivers, wetlands and other salt and freshwater ecosystems as dynamic living systems with degrees of political agency, while is articulated around a series of conceptual wetlands along waterways of the Gadigal, Burramatagal and Cabrogal peoples. It also looks to promote sustainability as an action rather than a theme, and will reflect on its own conditions and impact on the environment.

City of Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore said that the program this year “stirs me deeply”, adding that the exploration of connections between humans and nature and “the precarious relationship life on this earth has to water” was especially poignant given the recent flooding across NSW.

“This is a Biennale that is strong in its convictions, one that will speak to us all, stir our imaginations and emotions, and spur us, I hope, to stronger and more committed actions to preserve this precious earth,” Cr Moore said.

The Biennale of Sydney began in 1973 and seeks to provide a platform for art and ideas. This year, there are over 330 artworks from 89 participants, with entry being free and the festival running until 13 June.

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