Stephanie Rosenthal, Artistic Director of the 20th Biennale of Sydney, announced the appointment of thirteen eminent curators, writers and theorists who will work with her to shape the Biennale’s 2016 exhibition.

20th Biennale of Sydney

Media Preview: Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Vernissage: Tuesday, 15 March – Thursday, 17 March 2016
Public dates: Friday, 18 March – Sunday, 5 June 2016

Known as Attachés, this advisory group will directly contribute to the broad international conversation informing this exhibition and its public programs.

Stephanie Rosenthal said: ‘I am delighted that my colleagues have agreed to collaborate with me in the making of this exhibition. Attachés will participate in the forming of the event and be involved in conversations and public programs in the lead up to and during the exhibition. This edition will be structured around several thematic clusters, with each participating venue designated as a transient home for particular constellations of thought. Each Attaché will act as a catalyst and play a specific role in enhancing these spaces with their expertise.’

The Attachés are:

  • Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, Co-founders and Curators, Art Reoriented, Munich and New York;
  • Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow, Curatorial Manager, International Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA);
  • Jessica Cerasi, curator and Exhibition Manager,
  • Stephen Gilchrist, Associate Lecturer, University of Sydney and Visiting Australian Studies Curator, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University, Cambridge;
  • Anna Gritz, freelance curator and Curator Film and Performance at South London Gallery, London;
  • Adrian Heathfield, Marie Curie International Fellow, Columbia University, New York, and Professor of Performance and Visual Culture, University of Roehampton, London;
  • Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator, Mori Museum, Tokyo;
  • Hicham Khalidi, Associate Curator, Fondation Galeries Lafayette, Paris;
  • Pablo Léon de la Barra, UBS MAP Curator for Latin America, Guggenheim Museum, New York and Artistic Director, Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro;
  • André Lepecki, Associate Professor at the Department of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University;
  • Markus Miessen, architect, consultant and writer based in Berlin;
  • Aveek Sen, curator, writer and Senior Assistant Editor, The Telegraph, Kolkata;

Ben Strout, Chief Executive Officer, Biennale of Sydney, said: ‘Stephanie Rosenthal has gathered an impressive group of engaged and intelligent colleagues from a variety of fields to collaborate in developing the 20th Biennale of Sydney.  We are thrilled to be able to work with them over the next nine months, to have their valuable input into Stephanie’s exhibition and to know they will stimulate dialogue about the Biennale of Sydney around the world.’

Images: (clockwise from top left) Adrian Heathfield, Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow, Aveek Sen, Anna Gritz, Pablo Léon de la Barra (photograph: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York), Mami Kataoka (photograph: Jennifer Yin), Markus Miessen, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath (photograph: Sueraya Shaheen). Courtesy Sydney Biennale.

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