We are moving on from a century in which the radical in the arts largely adopted principles of separation, negativity and disruption as strategies of change. Where once there was an emphasis on alienation and separation, there is now a renewed attention to how things connect, how we relate to each other and to the world we inhabit.
The 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations, curated by Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster, will generate a dynamic new exhibition model to explore the possibilities of this renewed attention. Beginning with two curators in dialogue, all our relations is based on a collaborative framework, allowing conversations to extend to both artists and audiences.
Through this framework, the exhibition encourages new stories, thoughts and patterns to emerge, as international artists come together to collaborate and create works that relate as if evolving from each other. Artworks unfold in a sequence through the Biennale Art Walk, from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, to the newly redeveloped Museum of Contemporary Art, then Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay and finally to the world heritage-listed Cockatoo Island.