Brook Andrew

Artistic Director of the 2020 Sydney Biennale, Brook Andrew from the Wiradjuri Nation, on the upcoming Biennale titled ‘NIRIN (wiradjuri word meaning ‘edge’). The first part of the artist list was announced this week and Brook states that: “NIRIN is…

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Artistic Director of the 2020 Sydney Biennale, Brook Andrew from the Wiradjuri Nation, on the upcoming Biennale titled ‘NIRIN (wiradjuri word meaning ‘edge’). The first part of the artist list was announced this week and Brook states that: “NIRIN is not a periphery, it is our centre, and it expresses dynamic existing and ancient practices that speak loudly. NIRIN decentres, challenges and transforms dominant narratives, such as the 2020 Captain Cook anniversary in Australia and reorients Western mapping, shining a light on sites of being that are often ignored or rendered invisible. NIRIN is an inspirational journey driven by stories and grass-root practices, realised through twisting perceptions, moments of transition and a sense of being in the world that is interconnected.” .

Image: Fairfax Media, May 29, 1967. Bill Onus with unnamed child, marching for Aboriginal rights.

Image: Traditional Darug custodians lead the Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony to launch Ngara — Ngurangwa Byallara (Listen, hear, think — The Place Speaks), 2018, Oakhurst NSW. Photographer: Anna Kučera.
Image: Dendroglyph tree section. Courtesy of Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University.

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