• Issue
  • May 01, 2022

Sydney: 23rd Biennale of Sydney

MATIAS DUVILLE, Petrified Dream, 2021, charcoal on Tyvek, 350 × 600 cm. Photo by Document Photography. Courtesy the artist and the Biennale of Sydney.

The Biennale of Sydney opened on March 12 after weeks of heavy rain along the east coast of Australia. Catastrophic floods had affected several regions. Emergency relief lagged, and grassroots organizations scrambled to help their communities themselves. Titled “rīvus” after the Latin for “stream,” this year’s biennale was a provocation to consider how life depends on water. It was a timely one.