Brook Andrew has been appointed the Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, which will take place in 2020. An interdisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited around the world, Andrew is celebrated for his engagement with dominant narratives relating to colonialism and modernist histories. A collection of his major works was shown at the National Gallery of Victoria last year in an exhibition titled Brook Andrew: The Right to Offend is Sacred, with Andrew’s work also displayed in this year’s Biennale. An artist of the Wiradjuri Nation with Celtic ancestry, he succeeds Mami Kataoka, who oversaw a record-breaking attendance rate of more than 850,000 visitors this year.
“I am honoured to be appointed Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney in 2020,” said Andrew. “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 artist is at the centre of our work at the Biennale of Sydney,” said Kate Mills, Chairman of the Biennale. “We are therefore delighted to announce the appointment of one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, Brook Andrew, as Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney. He has consistently modelled national and global collaboration and the sharing of knowledge in both his artistic and exhibition-making practice.”
“The Biennale of Sydney offers an exciting geographical perspective for debate, controversy and cutting-edge discussions,” added Mills. “As we collectively face an increasingly complex future, we are proud to celebrate the substantive, transformative creative practice of Brook Andrew as he imagines alternative visions for the future.”
Andrew has said that his Biennale will focus on “alternative narratives” and “edge cultures”.