6 #sydfest art exhibitions you can still see after the FestivalBack to
Oh, you thought the fun was over?
Not just yet – there’s still a handful of art exhibitions that remain open after the official end of the Festival. So if you haven’t had the chance to check out the art at Carriageworks, UNSW Galleries, Artspace, Cement Fondu and Blacktown yet, you’ve still got time to get involved.
Check out the six (mostly free) Sydney Festival art exhibitions you can still visit below.
#1 Nick Cave: Until at Carriageworks
The American artist's most ambitious, spectacular and sprawling exhibition yet, UNTIL has taken over Carriageworks with a forest of colourful spinners, a cavernous room covered wall to wall with weaved beads spelling political messages, and an awe-inspiring chandelier cloud covered with a panoply of arresting ornaments and imagery.
It’s a jaw-dropping visual experience with a powerful and pertinent message about gun violence, police brutality, race and gender in America. As Nick Cave puts it, “Is there racism in heaven?”
Nick Cave: Until
Until 3 March
#2 Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
The first retrospective of work by pioneering Chinese contemporary artist Xiao Lu, who had to flee China in 1989 after the opening of the country's landmark first exhibition of contemporary art (an event that preceded the Tiananmen Square protests).
Impossible Dialogue examines Lu’s creative interest in deep emotion, extreme action and chance, and presents significant performance works spanning a period of 30 years, including work previously exhibited at the Tate Modern, London and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Until 24 March
#3 Just not Australian at Artspace
What does it mean to be 'Australian', and how relevant (or irrelevant) is our national mythology in the 21st century? In this exhibition, acclaimed local artists – including Vincent Namatjira, Abdul Abdullah, Cigdem Aydemir, Karla Dickens and more – engage critically with the public discourse around what it means to be ‘unAustralian’.
Don’t miss the incredible film TERROR NULLIUS by Soda_Jerk, which cuts and splices iconic scenes from Australian films into a punk rock, anarchic reinvention of Australian national identity (including Nicole Kidman BMX biking over Mad Max and a boomerang-decapitated Tony Abbott).
Just not Australian
Until 31 March
#4 The Beehive at UNSW Galleries
Unfettered development and gentrification have been massive issues for Sydney since the 1970s, when housing activist Juanita Nielsen mysteriously went missing (presumed murdered) after a meeting at a Kings Cross underworld hangout.
Her disappearance was never solved, and artist Zanny Begg’s new work The Beehive explores Nielsen’s story – and Sydney’s greater story of classism and housing affordability – through a combination of scripted fiction and documentary interviews. The video is set to a randomising algorithm, so no two viewings are the same.
Until 23 February
#5 The Ropes: Amrita Hepi x Adrian Piper at Cement Fondu
Dancer and artist Amrita Hepi’s video work The Ropes is a deeply affecting and visceral engagement with Blak and Pacific experience, explored through the rich history of weaving and skipping. The Ropes evokes how rhythm, rhyme and the body carry self-expression and cultural celebration, as well as political and social turbulence.
Hepi’s work is paired with a survey of video works by American conceptual artist and philosopher Adrian Piper, whose influential practice has, over decades, revisited how art and dance can together bridge cultural, social and racial divides.
And while you’re there, stop into Cement Fondu's Project Space to see a presentation of new and existing works by the Yirran Miigaydhu weavers, an Aboriginal Women’s weaving program initiated by Campbelltown Arts Centre, and led by Aunty Phyllis Stewart, for local Aboriginal women to learn the tradition of weaving.
The Ropes: Amrita Hepi x Adrian Piper
Cement Fondu, Paddington
Until 24 February
#6 Blak Box – Four Winds at Blacktown Showground Precinct
If you haven’t yet experienced Blak Box – an architectural marvel that recreates a 21st century campfire experience with visual projections and sound design – then get yourself to Blacktown ASAP.
This second iteration of the Blak Box project features stories of life and Country from four members of Blacktown’s First Nations community, including 96-year-old elder Uncle Wes Marne, a captivating yarn-spinner and descendant of a long line of storytellers with a deep knowledge of Aboriginal culture. Come hear first-hand stories of our shared history and gain a deeper understanding of contemporary Aboriginality.
Blak Box – Four Winds
Blacktown Showground Precinct
Until 2 February
$35 + BF
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