Australia’s biggest contemporary visual arts festival, The Biennale of Sydney, is back for its 20th instalment beginning 18 March 2016.

The Biennale (which is Italian for every other year) has been a platform for artists and collectives from all over the world since its inception in 1973, showcasing the work of nearly 1600 artists from over 100 countries since then.

In 2016, over 70 artists will be taking part in the event, including Australians Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Daniel Boyd and Richard Bell.

The 12-week exhibition, running until June 5, is themed ‘the future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed’, taken from a quote by US science fiction writer William Gibson.

“If each era posits its own view of reality, what is ours?” says artistic director, Stephanie Rosenthal.

“One of the key ideas this Biennale explores is how the common distinction between the virtual and the physical has become ever more elusive,” says Rosenthal.

The exhibition will be held at various venues across Sydney including Mortuary Station, a mobile bookshop, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), The Rocks, Cockatoo Island, Artspace, Carriageworks, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The exhibition is accompanied with artist talks, performances, forums, guided tours, family days and other special events.

The Biennale of Sydney continues to ranks as one of the leading international festivals of contemporary art in the world, showcasing fresh talent and provocative ideas.

The Biennale is a free event. Head to www.biennaleofsydney.com.au for more information.

 

Image credit: The Biennale of Sydney