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Biennale de Sydney 2020 : NIRIN 1

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Sydney Biennial 2020: « NIRIN »

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Sydney's 22nd Contemporary Art Biennial, which opened on March 14 and closed to the public on March 24 due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus health crisis, is continuing online until June 8. Under the artistic direction of Brook Andrew, this Biennial, entitled « NIRIN », an aboriginal term meaning « edge », brings together 98 artists, including six artists from the French scene: Joël Andrianomearisoa, Josep Grau-Garriga, Laure Prouvost, Lily Hibberd, Mohamed Bourouissa and Tarek Lakhrissi.

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À l’horizon de mes jours troubles, by Joël Andrianomearisoa (2015)

Born in 1977 in Madagascar, Joel Andrianomearisoa lives and works in Antananarivo and Paris. He finds his inspiration in space and time, in Madagascar and around the world. Each trip is an emotional experience, from which he returns with fabrics: he then cuts, knots, tears, superimposes, weaves and assembles them until they form an interplay of materials and stories.

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Joël Andrianomearisoa, Tomorrow, tomorrow. Those are words. You love flowers. How about tomorrow ? ; 2019. Courtesy Sabrina Amrani and the artist
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Biennale de Sydney 2020 : NIRIN 2
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Altarpiece of the Hanged People, by Josep Grau-Garriga (1976)

Josep Grau-Garriga, who passed away in 2011, was born in 1929 in Sant Cugat del Vallès, near Barcelona. He was the great master of Spanish tapestry in the 1970s. 

The grandson of an anarchist hairdresser, and raised in a family of republican peasants, he watched in horror as a teenager when Francoism triumphed in the 1930s. His work would enduringly be marked by this experience.

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Josep Grau-Garriga, Altarpiece of the Hanged People, Abbaye de Montmajour, Arles (France), 1976. Courtesy Esther and Jordi Grau.
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Wantee, by Laure Prouvost (2013)

Born in France in 1978, Laure Prouvost studied in London at Central Saint Martins and later Goldsmiths College. Winner of the prestigious Turner Prize in 2013, she now lives and works in London, Antwerp and a caravan in the Croatian desert. She represented France at the Venice’s 58th International Contemporary Art Biennial, in 2019.

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Laure Prouvost, Wantee, 2013, video installation, 14’24’’. Installation view (2013) at Tate Britain, London. Photograph: Tate, Lucy Dawkins. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, carlier | gebauer and Lisson Gallery.
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Burrow Me, by Laure Prouvost (2015)

The power of Laure Prouvost's work lies in her ability to explore universal and topical issues, and to express them in new artistic forms, in fictional videos and sensual immersive installations. 

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Laure Prouvost, Burrow Me, 2015, Installation view at Rupert, Vilnius (2015). Photograph: Arnas Anskaitis. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, carlier | gebauer and Lisson Gallery.
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Sydney Observatory Transit Room, by Lily Hibberd (2019)

Lily Hibberd's practice revolves around the question of time, memory and desire, explored using a contemporary approach. A conceptual artist and writer, Lily Hibberd is Australian and lives in Paris. 

In 2019, Lily Hibberd took a photo here of the Sydney Observatory's transit room, based on the astronomical results of Henry Chamberlain Russell (1879-1881).

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Lily Hibberd, Sydney Observatory Transit Room, 2019. Courtesy the artist.
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Female computers and H. A. Lenehan at transit circle, by Lily Hibberd (2020)

Here, Lily Hibberd has created a digital collage from two old photographs of the Sydney Observatory. Taken by Waterford on 6 February 1941, the photograph on the left shows Mary Allen and Ethel Wilcocks measuring astrographic plates. The one on the right, H. A. Lenehan at the transit circle, in 1907-1908 (anonymous).

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Courtesy the artist and Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.
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Mimosa by Mohamed Bourouissa (2018)

A Franco-Algerian artist born in 1978, Mohamed Bourouissa endeavours to enable exchange and sharing with local communities. He is fascinated by urban utopias and the history of representation, and synthesises recurring questions: the appropriation of territories, power and transgression. 

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Mohamed Bourouissa, Mimosa, 2018, Courtesy Kamel Mennour, Paris and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
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Out of the Blue, de Tarek Lakhrissi (2019)
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Out of the Blue, by Tarek Lakhrissi (2019)

Born in 1992 in Châtellerault, Tarek Lakhrissi is a poet, visual artist and performer. He developed a multifaceted artistic practice ranging from film to poetry, images, workshops and performances. 

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Tarek Lakhrissi, Out of the Blue, 2019 (video still), HD short movie, 14’. Courtesy the artist.
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Out of the Blue, by Tarek Lakhrissi (2019)

Juggling French, Arabic and English - thanks to which he gained access to the American queer culture - Tarek Lakhrissi's work revolves around two main threads: language and fiction.

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Tarek Lakhrissi, Out of the Blue, 2019 (video still), HD short movie, 14’. Courtesy the artist
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Biennale de Sydney 2020 : NIRIN 9

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The Institut français and the project

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In the context of the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Institut Français wishes to continue offeringyou portraits, meetings with creators fromall walks of life, works and portfolios. We hope these few pages will bring some breathing space back into an everyday shaped by lockdown.

 

The Institut français supports French artists participating in the 22nd Sydney Biennial of Contemporary Art.

 

View the Biennial in full online until 8 June.