17th Biennale of Sydney
  • Daniel Crooks, Static No.12 (seek stillness in movement), 2009–10 Detail of HD video (RED transferred to Blu-ray), dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery. Copyright © Daniel Crooks 2009
  • Kutlug Ataman, Mesopotamian Dramaturgies / Journey to the Moon, 2009 (detail), still photography, 31 x 41 cm. Courtesy of Francesca Minini, Milan and the artist
  • Lara Baladi, Perfumes & Bazaar, The Garden of Allah, 2006 (detail), digital collage, 560 x 248 cm, technical production and printing, Factum Arte, Madrid. Courtesy the artist. Copyright Lara Baladi
  • Kataryzana Kozyra, Summertale, 2008 (detail), DVD production still, 20 mins, prod. Zacheta National Gallery of Art Copyright artist, courtesy ZAK I BRANICKA Gallery. Photograph: M. Olivia Soto
  • Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Manet’s Dejeuner sur I’herbe 1862 1863 and the Thai villagers group II, 2008-09 (detail), from ‘The Two Planets Series’, photograph and video, 110 x 100 cm; 16 mins. Courtesy the artist and 100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok
  • Cai Guo-Qiang, Inopportune: Stage One, 2004 (detail), nine cars and sequenced multichannel light tubes, dimensions variable. Collection of Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Robert M. Arnold, in honour of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2006, installation view at MASS MoCA, North Adams, 2004. Courtesy Cai Studio. Photograph: Hiro Ihara
  • Kent Monkman, The Death of Adonis, 2009 (detail), acrylic on canvas, 182.9 x 304.8 cm. Courtesy the artist and TrépanierBaer Gallery, Calgary
  • Christopher Pease, Law of Reflection, 2008–09 (detail), oil on canvas, 123 x 214 cm. Private collection. Courtesy the artist and Goddard de Fiddes, Contemporary Art, Perth. Photograph: Tony Nathan
  • AES+F, The Feast of Trimalchio, 2009 (detail of video still), nine-channel video installation, 19 mins. Courtesy the artists; Triumph Gallery, Moscow; and Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
  • Tsang Kin-Wah, The First Seal – It Would Be Better If You Have Never Been Born…, 2009, digital video projection and sound installation, 6:41 mins, 513 x 513 cm. Courtesy the artist
  • Wang Qingsong, Competition, 2004 (detail), c-print, 170 x 300 cm. Courtesy the artist
  • Mark Wallinger, Hymn, 1997 (detail of video still), video, sound, 4:52 mins, edition of 10 and 1 artist proof. Courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London

Affiliated Exhibitions

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

21 May - 3 July 2010
Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Catching the Moment: Each Step is the Past

Anna Schwartz Gallery

Antony Gormley, Firmament, 2010.
Visualisation of the installation.
Courtesy the artist & Anna Schwartz Gallery

7 May - 3 July 2010    
Antony Gormley, Firmament   

Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney is pleased to present a new Firmament exhibition by Antony Gormley. Gormley has created a single substantial sculptural installation that tests and responds to the architectural limits of the gallery space created within historic carriageworks. At times the work feels claustrophobic, while at others it comes across as a landscape-like gestural drawing. Gormley’s work has always been about our sense of perception, testing what it is to experience our physical presence in certain conditions of time and space. In this installation, the viewer is asked to continually readjust their relationship to the field as one navigates through it.

17 July - 14 August 2010
Stuart Ringholt, Vitrines    

Anna Schwartz Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by Stuart Ringholt in Sydney. Ringholt’s ongoing Vitrines utilise standard glass shop fittings that are filled with various books and magazines of manipulated, altered images. For the Sydney exhibition, Ringholt presents a series of works produced while in residence in New York City. Several pieces re-purpose Artforum magazine, creating a large archive of new sculpture represented as two-dimensional images within the vitrines. Advertisements and editorial images have been carefully selected by the artist and, using precise circular cuts and turns of the hand, the existing images are ‘remixed’. Counterpoint to the Artforum works, children, fashion and war books are re-covered in bright colours and re-edited and grouped to create a Pop political narrative. In these works the images themselves often remain unaltered while their locations within the books change; new juxtapositions create new dialogue.


Girls at the Pool, 2005

13– 16 May 2010
ReelDance International Dance on Screen Festival

The 6th ReelDance International Dance on Screen Festival, the largest event celebrating the collision of art, dance and film in Australia, launches its national tour and is presented by Performance Space at CarriageWorks, Sydney, May 13 - 16, 2010. This biannual event presents cutting edge film and video from diverse dance genres created by Australian, Indigenous and international directors and performers.

Darren Knight Gallery

12 June – 10 July 2010    
Louise Weaver
Michael Harrison

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre

Aaron Seeto, Fortress, 2010.
Courtesy the artist.

15 May - 27 June 2010   
Aaron Seeto, Fortress    

Fortress is a major installation by Aaron Seeto, which incorporates personal and political archives that the artist has been collecting for almost a decade. Using photomedia techniques based on nineteenth century experimentation as well as writing projects and performances, Fortress explores the relationship between collected images, texts, the history of photography and the individual.

Liverpool Street Gallery

5 June – 1 July 2010    
The Collectors’ Exhibition
Featuring works by Australian and International artists

3 July – 29 July 2010    
Kevin Connor    
National Art School Gallery


Sheela Gowda, Image from Behold

12 May – 19 June   
Fiona Tan, Coming Home  

The National Art School in association with Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation presents two video installations by internationally renowned artist Fiona Tan. Disorient, 2009, which was first shown to great acclaim at the Dutch Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), will screen at SCAF, Paddington, Sydney and A Lapse of Memory, 2007, will show at the National Art School Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney.

In Disorient, Tan refers to Venice’s pivotal position in the history of geostrategy before the discovery of new routes to Asia diluted the city’s power. Disorient attempts to bridge the centuries by creating connections between contemporary day-to-day reality and the symbolic past that every visitor to Venice wants to grasp.A Lapse of Memory takes an unexpected look at the pervasive dichotomy of east and west. In a speculative scenario, the life of a confused, old man, Henry unfolds in a deserted building that looks like a palace. Tan’s skillfully crafted and moving films inhabit the lacuna that exists between the tangible world of fact and the intangible world of perception, challenging not only our view of history but also our understanding of how memory works.  
 12 May – 19 June   
Sheela Gowda, Behold    

Sheela Gowda (b. 1957) lives and works in Bangalore, India. Initially studying painting, her process based practice has moved to more sculptural and installation work with a strong emphasis on the specificity of location, form and materials. Her interest in artisanal labour has most recently resulted in the major installation work Behold. A grand sculpture or a ‘material drawing’, it consists of human hair and steel, the woven rope of black hair, 4,000 metres long, coils its way through the gallery hanging from walls and accumulating in knots and piles on the floor referencing both sacred and profane elements in Indian social customs. The work traverses the boundaries between delight and repulsion through the deployment of beautiful objects and striking experiences often created with the use of base materials such as hair, dung, mud, etc. In this way, viewers’ experiences are destabilised in both a cultural and aesthetic context. The large scale and tactile nature of this installation is captivating.
Newington Armoury

Maria Miranda and Norie Neumark,
Searching for the inland sea
, 2009 (detail)

15 May – 27 June 2010
(weekends only)    
Memory Flows   

Memory Flows is an ongoing and distributed media art project of the Centre for Media Arts Innovation (CMAI) UTS. Artists belonging to this group have tapped into the specific memory that rivers and waterways retain, streaming their enquiry back to the group and out to a larger public audience via exhibition. As elsewhere around the globe, Australian rivers are conduits that are emblematic of networking systems, travel systems and survival systems. Memories and stories - both actual and fictional - will flow and stream from Australians' intense and varied relationships with water.

Participating artists | Ian Andrews | Chris Bowman | Chris Caines | Damian Castaldi | Sherre DeLys | Clement Girault | Jacqueline Gothe | Ian Gwilt | Megan Heyward | Nigel Helyer | Neil Jenkins | Solange Kershaw | Roger Mills | Maria Miranda | Norie Neumark | Shannon O'Neill | Greg Shapley | Viktor Steffenson | Jes Tyrrell

Curated by | Norie Neumark | Deborah Turnbull | Sophia Kouyoumdjian
Stills Gallery

Roger Ballen, Image courtesy the artist

21 April - 29 May 2010   
Roger Ballen, Boarding House   

Roger Ballen’s photographs are like images from a waking dream: compelling and thought-provoking, with layers of rich details, flashes of dark humour, and an altered sense of place. Blurring the boundaries between documentary photography and art, his work is both a powerful social statement and a complex psychological study. Boarding House is Ballen’s most formally sophisticated work to date. The tableaux have a greater emphasis on drawn and sculptural elements, and the sense of collaboration between the artist and his subjects is increasingly relevant. He depicts a space of transient residence, of comings and goings, of people sheltered in a place they are using for their immediate survival. The altered sense of place of this temporary abode creates a sense of alienation, which acts as a jumping off point for the imagination to run wild.
MOP Gallery

17th June - 4th July 2010   
Kenzee Patterson, Toll Plaza    

Kenzee Patterson presents a new body of sculptural works playing with the ideas of scale, time and memory using materials traditionally associated with craft and children's toys.
17 June – 4 July 2010   
Mark Booth, Plain Brown Wrappers    

The installation will consist of a series of wall-mounted U-PVC pipe sculptures. Approximately half will be spray-painted a matt white, half with a camouflage pattern. The gallery will be lit with fluorescent lighting. Booth’s concerns are with dissimulation and obfuscation, transience and non-presence, ready-made abstraction and the non-representational reconfiguration of the module. 

17 June – 4 July 2010
Cybele Cox    

"The deepest cavern of the mind is the subconscious. And within this is an even further inaccessible part of the cave which is the drive towards nothingness."

Cybele’s paintings are stylized surrealist interiors of woodgrain and rock, with fissures, cracks and portals. This organic architecture is a theatrical setting for primordial creatures, beasts and imps that represent the original part of ourselves: the ancient psyche that dwells in the deepest recess of the unconscious.

Cybele Cox is an artist residing in Sydney. She has had several solo shows and been involved in numerous group exhibitions. She teaches painting to adults and children and studies astrology and the occult arts

8 July - 25 July 2010   
Sarah Goffman, Big in Japan    

Video of oki-do (Japanese) yoga at night, in the winter rain at Shibuya crossing in Tokyo, December 2009. The artist wanted to counter-act the business aspect of this vibrant and populated area with a slow movement.  Shibuya is known as one of the busiest pedestrian traffic areas in the world. 8 – 25 July 2010
8 July - 25 July 2010  
Jay Balbi and Elizabeth Pulie, The J Balbi/E Pulie Collection
Like most artists, Jay Balbi and Elizabeth Pulie have been collecting the work of their friends and colleagues in the art industry over many years.  Most of their collection has been on permanent display in their home; at MOP, a selection of around fifty of these works will be shown in a gallery context together for the first time.       
Japan Foundation Gallery 

July – September 2010   

Facetnate! is a grant program designed to support emerging visual artist/s whose work is strongly influenced by Japan. Held at the Japan Foundation Gallery, Facetnate! provides an opportunity for local Australia-based artists to contribute to cultural exchange through various means of artistic expression.
7 – 26 July 2010   
Sabina Maselli, AMA    

Ama is a multi-screen film and video installation based on the 'Ama' pearl divers from Japan. It is both a reflection on this practice and a personal meditation on memory and the unconscious; an immersive environment where factual and fictional time and space collide and metamorphose into one another.
10 – 27 August 2010   
Amy Craig, days’ end/the silent room grinds gray/I tap    

This video installation will draw active lines between the placement of objects in our domestic interior, inhabitant relationships and the donning of tsunokakushi (a Japanese bridal headpiece) in an effort to map the existing, living spatial interiors within the gallery.
9 – 30 September 2010   
Kath Fries, Grove    

Playing with notions of internal and external spaces, bringing the outside within, Grove is a multimedia installation challenging perceptions and inviting contemplation. Reflecting on the passage of time and sadness of loss, this work is inspired by the 10th Century fairytale, ‘Tale of the Bamboo Cutter’, the oldest surviving Japanese work of fiction.
Australian National Maritime Museum

The Lu family, back on board Tu Do.
Photograph: Andrew Frolows/ANMM

16 June – 7 November 2010    
Intertwined Journeys: Tu Do and the Lu family    

Fleeing across hostile seas to the precarious unknown, the remarkable story of the Lu family is intertwined with that of Tu Do. Fourteen photographs by Michael Jensen and Andrew Frolows document the family’s journey from struggling ‘boat people’ to settled Australians, mirroring the evolution of Tu Do from decrepit fishing boat to museum icon. Twenty years after the Australian National Maritime Museum acquired Tu Do, Intertwined journeys showcases our efforts to piece together a compelling story of survival.
Australian Museum

The Australian Museum – is not the place to go for a brief visit.  Once you start gazing at its brilliantly realised and thought-provoking exhibitions, hours seem to slip by like minutes. The constantly changing schedule of temporary exhibitions cover a huge range of subjects and the permanent exhibitions are a joy for adults and kids alike.  Collections not to be missed include Indigenous Australia and Skeletons. Children will simply love Kidspace and the Dinosaurs. The Australian Museum is a challenging and fun place to visit for people of all ages. At 6 College Street, Sydney. 
Open daily 9.30am-5pm. 
Tel: 9320 6000 or visit the website
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