6 Sydney Festival art exhibitions you can still catch

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January 29, 2018
Sydney Festival
Oh, you thought we were finished?

Not just yet – there’s still a handful of art exhibitions that are still open after the official end of the Festival. So if you haven’t had the chance to check out the art at Campbelltown Arts Centre, Carriageworks, Artspace and UNSW Galleries yet, you’ve still got a few weeks to get involved.

Check out the six Sydney Festival art exhibitions you can still visit below.

Lisa Reihana Cinemania, Campbelltown Arts Centre

Open until 29 March

This career retrospective for Aotearoa New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana is an absolute must-do. The centrepiece is the massive video installation in Pursuit of Venus [infected], a panoramic video work that subverts and reinvents a 200+ year old colonialist artwork about the ‘savages of the South Pacific’ to tell stories about the colonisation of New Zealand from a Maori perspective.

Visually stunning and narratively engrossing, the video will keep you captivated for its full hour-plus run time; when it premiered at the Venice Biennale last year, it was quickly declared “one of the key artworks of recent years.”

In other rooms, you’ll find more video, animation and photography work by Lisa Reihana, exploring ideas of race and identity, colonialism, and foundational Maori stories and rites of death and mourning. Don’t miss this one.


Katharina Grosse, Carriageworks

Open until 8 April

If you didn’t get a chance to poke your head inside the Festival’s highly Instagrammable installation The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres Then it Stopped at Carriageworks, you’ve still got a couple of months to step inside Katharina Grosse’s kaleidoscopic wonderland of draped fabric and rainbow spray paint.


Tell, UNSW Galleries

Open until 24 February

17 prominent Indigenous Australian artists use photography to share their stories of modern Aboriginal experience and the legacies of invasion and dispossession. Catch powerful photo art works by Moorina Bonini, Maree Clarke, Bindi Cole Chocka, Brenda L Croft, Destiny Deacon, Robert Fielding, Deanne Gilson, Jody Haines, Dianne Jones, Ricky Maynard, Hayley Millar-Baker, Kent Morris, Pitcha Makin Fellas, Steven Rhall, Damien Shen, Warwick Thornton, James Tylor & Laura Wills.


In Your Dreams, UNSW Galleries

Open until 7 April

A powerful exhibition by leading international photographers and artists that explores themes of global wealth inequality, poverty, refugee displacement and homelessness without succumbing to cheap ‘misery porn’.American artist Andres Serrano puts a face and life story to the voiceless homeless in New York and Brussells; Singapore’s Sim Chi Yin reveals the ecological devastation wrought by mining in Indonesia; Cape Town-based photographer Johnny Miller uses drones to capture stark images of shanty towns right next to very wealthy suburbs in African cities. Head to UNSW Galleries to catch them all.


Warm Ties, Artspace

Open until 20 February

And over at Artspace, see Helen Johnson’s acclaimed canvas works Warm Ties, which uses rich symbolism, biting satire and crude humour to explore the brutality and corruption of colonisation in Australia. “From fat landowners farting the national anthem to gentlemanly chaps passing round bribes, Helen Johnson tells the ugly truth about how Australia was carved up,” wrote The Guardian. “Her work disconcerts with its surface beauty and vigorous political kick.”


52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS, on Instagram

Running weekly until 15 December 2018

This provocative art exhibition is being held solely online, and attendance is as simply as clicking Follow on Instagram. Each week for a year, starting in January 2018 and running until January 2019, a different international artist is challenged to create an ‘action’ that addresses an urgent issue in their community; the resulting work is then documented on the Instagram @52ARTISTS52ACTIONS. Load up Instagram to check out the work so far.


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