Situated along the waterways of the Gadigal, Barramatagal and Cabrogal people, the Biennale of Sydney in 2022 titled rīvus will be articulated through a series of conceptual wetlands and imagined ecosystems populated by artworks, public programs, experiments and research, following the currents of meandering tributaries that expand into a delta of interrelated ideas.
From 12 March to 13 June 2022, the Biennale of Sydney will present over 330 participant artworks and projects at: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Arts and Cultural Exchange, Barangaroo, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, National Art School in partnership with Artspace and Walsh Bay Arts Precinct including Pier 2/3. Exhibition entry is free.
rīvus, meaning ‘stream’ in Latin, will enable aqueous beings – rivers, wetlands and other salt and freshwater ecosystems – to share a dialogue with artists, architects, designers, scientists, and communities. Considering the water ecology’s perspective raises unlikely questions: Can a river sue over psychoactive sewage? Will oysters grow teeth in aquatic revenge? What do the eels think? Are waves the ocean’s desire?’
Anchored at The Cutaway at Barangaroo, The Waterhouse offers daily programming for all ages and abilities. It celebrates rīvus and the participant projects through walking tours, workshops, school programs, creative experiences and much more. The Waterhouse program welcomes everyone to join in conversations to consider a different kind of future, together, grounded in sustainable thinking, practice and relationships.