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Venice Biennale 2024: Australian and New Zealand artists out in full force

April 17 - November 24

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Australian and New Zealand artists will be out in full force at the Venice Biennale 2024.

Five New Zealand artists will be presenting their work at the annual event – their largest ever contingent, which Creative New Zealand chief executive Stephen Wainwright describes as “an incredible coup for Aotearoa and our artists”. You can see the full list of NZ artists presenting at the exhibition here.

First Nations artist Archie Moore will represent Australia, with the exhibition curated by Ellie Buttrose. Based in Queensland, Moore is a contemporary artist whose career has spanned more than 25 years. He 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.


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