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Research: Sydney Biennale 2021

23rd Sydney Biennale: Rivus

"Rivers, wetlands and other salt and freshwater ecosystems feature in the 23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022), titled rīvus, as dynamic living systems with varying degrees of political agency. Indigenous knowledges have long understood non-human entities as living ancestral beings with a right to life that must be protected. But only recently have animals, plants, mountains and bodies of water been granted legal personhood. If we can recognise them as individual beings, what might they say?

rīvus invites several aqueous beings into a dialogue with artists, architects, designers, scientists, and communities, entangling multiple voices and other modes of communication to ask unlikely questions: Can a river sue us over psychoactive sewage? Will oysters grow teeth in aquatic revenge? What do the eels think? Are the swamp oracles speaking in tongues? Do algae reminisce about the days of primordial soup? Are waves the ocean’s desire?"

- Curatorial statement

Artists relevant to my practice:

  • Hera Buyuktasciyan - "Material memory of unstable spaces"

  • Yoan Capote - "Art is a place where thousands of lived moments, fragments of reasoning and memory emerge."

  • Carolina Caycedo - "works of art are not just an end result, but rather part of the artists process of research and acting. Her work contributes to the construction of environmental historical memory, as a fundamental element for non-repetition of violence against human and non-human entities."

  • Claire Milledge

  • Caio Reiswitz

  • Diana Scherer

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