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Niño de Elche & Pedro G. Romero, O sea, sadopítna-antípodas, puesto del revés y boca abajo (sedopitna-antipodes, turned inside out and upside down) (in progress), 2023. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney and Center for Art, Research and Alliances (CARA) and with assistance from Accion Cultural Española. Courtesy the artists © Niño de Elche & Pedro G. Romero. Installation view, 24th Biennale of Sydney, Ten Thousand Suns, 2024, Chau Chak Wing Museum, University of Sydney. Photograph: David James. 

The 24th Biennale of Sydney: Ten Thousand Suns

1 Jun 2024
Chau Chak Wing Museum 9 Mar - 10 Jun 2024

On 9 March, the Biennale of Sydney, titled Ten Thousand Suns, opened at the University of Sydney’s Chau Chak Wing Museum (CCWM). On 22 April, just over a month after the Biennale opened, the University of Sydney student encampment for Palestine was established in front of the sandstone quadrangle, just across from CCWM. To visit the Biennale, one must pass the quadrangle and the tents sprawled across the manicured green lawns of the University in front of CCWM. At first, hearing the student protests outside the CCWM felt discordant with the Biennale’s wall text, which read: Ten Thousand Suns “illuminat(es) a collective future lived with irrepressible joy that is not only possible, but also necessary.” Yet, upon closer listening and looking, Ten Thousand Suns does not merely present itself as an empty carnivalesque extravaganza. Rather, it offers a sober and clear recognition that the curated artists respond to a world in crisis, “a world ablaze.”

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