The Biennale of Sydney has just released its first selection of artists to participate in its 21st edition, which will be held at several venues across Sydney in 2018.
Vietnamese video artist Nguyen Trinh Thi is amongst the first 21 selected artists, together with 10 other artists from the Asian countries of Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and China.
The 21st Biennale of Sydney will be presented over twelve weeks from Friday, 16 March until Monday, 11 June 2018.
Artistic Director, Mami Kataoka, is in discussion with a number of artists and anticipates the exhibition will include around 70 artists in total, each presenting ambitious new commissions or recent work for the 45th anniversary of the Biennale.
“The curatorial premise of the 21st Biennale of Sydney is an exhibition that will explore multiple viewpoints in search of a state of equilibrium,” Kataoka says.
“With a holistic view, the Biennale will also seek in-depth engagement with individuals and communities while exploring a range of perspectives and meanings of abstractions.”
The exhibition will also revisit the Biennale’s rich history through a close examination of its Archive, drawing on 45 years of art and encounters. Further detail, including the title, themes and key concerns informing the exhibition, will be announced in July this year.
Independent filmmaker and video artist Nguyen Trinh Thi (b. 1973) currently lives and works in Hanoi. Her works evoke memory and remembrance as alternative ways to access obscured or unwritten histories.
Deeply informed by engagement with socio-cultural concerns, Nguyen’s films draw attention to confronting and often polarising local issues, despite the many restrictions and limited artistic freedoms in her native Vietnam. Encompassing original footage obtained through extensive investigative field work as well as found material, Nguyen intentionally blurs the boundaries between documentary filmmaking, video art and performance, creating intricate vignettes that encapsulate Vietnam’s complex history and its continued reverberations in the present.
See information about the 21 artists here.
Nguyen Trinh Thi – Winner of Best Emerging Artist Using Digital/Video – 2016 Prudential Eye Awards
Nguyen Trinh Thi’s “Unsubtitled” in APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014 Finalists Exhibition
Vietnamese Filmmaker Nguyen Trinh Thi participates in “Hero Mother” Exhibition in Berlin
Seminar and Film Screening with Filmmaker Nguyen Trinh Thi in London