Venice Biennale 2024: Australian and New Zealand artists out in full force
April 17, 2024 @ 8:00 am - November 24, 2024 @ 5:00 pm
Australian and New Zealand artists will be out in full force at the Venice Biennale 2024.
Creative New Zealand has announced that five New Zealand artists will be presenting their work at the Venice Biennale in 2024 – the largest number of NZ artists ever selected to present at the prestigious exhibition. “This is an incredible coup for Aotearoa and our artists”, says Creative New Zealand CE, Stephen Wainwright.
Participating New Zealand artists will be announced in early 2024 by the Venice Biennale.
Meanwhile, the Australia Council has announced leading First Nations artist Archie Moore will represent Australia at the world’s oldest and arguably biggest international contemporary visual art event, with the exhibition to be curated by Ellie Buttrose.
Based in Redlands, Queensland, Moore is a contemporary artist whose career has spanned more than 25 years. The Kamilaroi/Bigambul artist works across a range of media to create artworks that explore both the personal and political. While his artistic practice reflects his personal background and confronts Australia’s national history, the powerful picture that it paints about the need for justice can be extrapolated worldwide.
Curator and critic Ellie Buttrose, who serves as the Curator of Contemporary Australian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery, said: “Artistically adroit and politically incisive, Archie is uniquely placed to confront Australia’s past and assert Indigenous sovereignty on a worldwide scale within the Australia Pavilion.”
Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere is the title of the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, drawn from a series of works started in 2004 by the Paris-born and Palermo-based collective Claire Fontaine. The works consist of neon sculptures in different colours that render in a growing number of languages the words “Foreigners Everywhere”. The phrase comes, in turn, from the name of a Turin collective who fought racism and xenophobia in Italy in the early 2000s: Stranieri Ovunque.