Why you should care that the Sydney Biennale is back

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This year, the vibrant city of Sydney, Australia, is set to play host to the 24th edition of the esteemed Biennale of Sydney. Titled ‘Ten Thousand Suns,’ this major international art festival will run from the 9th of March to the 10th of June, 2024. Being the largest contemporary art event of its kind in Australia, the Biennale showcases an impressive lineup of 88 artists and collectives, hailing from 47 different countries, all coming together to celebrate and explore various themes through the medium of contemporary art.

The event will span multiple locations, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and for the first time, the Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney, UNSW Galleries and the iconic and recently restored White Bay Power Station.

Under the artistic direction of Cosmin Costina? and Inti Guerrero, the 24th Biennale of Sydney proposes ‘celebration’ as both a method and a source of joy. Drawing inspiration from legacies of collective resistance and unity in the face of injustice, the event features a core exhibition of contemporary art that delves into themes ranging from the resurgence of First Nations technologies and knowledges, the history of Islam in Australia, Queer resilience, and the international expression of Carnivale, to the atomic era and human-induced climate alteration.

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Biennale of Sydney, this edition challenges Western fatalistic views of the apocalypse, fostering a hopeful outlook around a future lived in joy and shared widely. The 2024 edition will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the global art scene, pushing boundaries and sparking dialogue through its diverse array of artistic expressions.