The Biennale of Sydney Hints At 2018 Programme

BY Katrina Kufer / Apr 13 2017 / 22:21 PM

The 21st edition reveals its first 21 participating artists

The Biennale of Sydney Hints At 2018 Programme
Image courtesy The Biennale of Sydney.
Eija-Liisa Ahtil. Studies on the Ecology of Drama. 2014.

The Biennale of Sydney is one of the leading contemporary art events in the Asia-Pacific region, and the citywide event in spring and early summer 2018 will feature several new commissions by international artists. Mami Kataoka, the new artistic director, has already revealed the first 21 artists who hail from Asia, Europe, Australia and North America, with names such as Ai Weiwei an early indication of a solid line up.

Although only in the initial stages of the estimated 70 participants, the artist roster is already diverse and embodies Kataoka’s desire to “explore multiple viewpoints in search of a state of equilibrium,” she said of her curatorial remit. Taking inspiration from an increasingly globalised existence, the biennale will serve as a microcosm, and, says Kataoka, “Rather than focusing on a specific concept or theme, the exhibition will suggest multi-layered perspectives of the world and its histories simultaneously.”

The first 21 participating artists are:
Eija-Liisa Ahtila (Born 1959 in Finland, lives and works in Helsinki)
Ai Weiwei (Born 1957 in China, lives and works in Beijing)
Brook Andrew (Born 1970 in Australia, lives and works in Melbourne)
Oliver Beer (Born 1985 in England, lives and works in Paris and London)
Anya Gallaccio (Born 1963 in Scotland, lives and works in San Diego and London)
Laurent Grasso (Born 1972 in France, lives and works in Paris and New York)
N.S. Harsha (Born 1969 in India, lives and works in Mysore)
Mit Jai Inn (Born 1960 in Thailand, lives and works in Chiang Mai)
Kate Newby (Born 1979 in New Zealand, lives and works in Auckland and New York)
Noguchi Rika (Born 1971 in Japan, lives and works in Okinawa)
Nguyen Trinh Thi (Born 1973 in Vietnam, lives and works in Hanoi)
Ciara Phillips (Born 1976 in Canada, lives and works in Glasgow)
Koji Ryui (Born 1976 in Japan, lives and works in Sydney)
Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman, born 1973 in England, and Joe Gerhardt, born 1972 in England, live and work in Brighton)
Yasmin Smith (Born 1984 in Australia, lives and works in Sydney)
George Tjungurrayi (Born c. 1943 in Australia, lives and works in Kintore)
Nicole Wong (Born 1990 in Hong Kong, lives and works in Hong Kong)
Wong Hoy Cheong (Born 1960 in Malaysia, lives and works in Kuala Lumpur)
Yukinori Yanagi (Born 1959 in Japan, lives and works in Hiroshima)
Haegue Yang (Born 1971 in South Korea, lives and works in Berlin and Seoul)
Jun Yang (Born 1975 in China, lives and works in Vienna, Taipei and Yokohama)

Further details will be released in July. The Biennale of Sydney will run 16 March-11 June 2018 in Sydney, Australia. For more information visit