NIRIN: Art From the Edge

The Biennale of Sydney (2020) presents contemporary art from around the globe in a First Nations-led exhibition

In collaboration with

Biennale of Sydney

We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation; Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation; and the Dharawal, Bidiagal and  Gamaygal people, on whose ancestral lands and waters NIRIN gathers.

What is NIRIN?

Discover the story behind this year's Biennale of Sydney

Highlights from the show

Take a video tour of the installations

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Explore NIRIN by the 7 themes

And learn some First Nations language along the way

"In times like these, it is more important than ever that we find ways to connect, to help each other, listen, collaborate and heal"Barbara Moore, CEO

Muriguwal Giiland ('different stories')

The shared stories and voices of the artist community

Painting a picture of country

And tracing stories of housing and displacement

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Bila ('river')

Art that focusses on our own physical environment

Stories rooted in the land

The site specific works respond to the industrial, convict and outdoor sites on the island

Growing up on water

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili's work reflects the lifestyle of her Madarpa clan

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“Culture is rooted in connection to land; like land, culture cannot be contained.”Nicholas Galanin

Gurray ('transformation')

Shifting our experiences through the voices and perspectives of the artists

Documenting activism

Engaging audiences with images through a black lens

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Ngawal-Guyungan (‘powerful ideas’)

Creating spaces for artists and audiences to connect, collaborate and express powerful ideas

Haunting human figures

Addressing themes of colonialism, war, displacement, and memories of place

Dhaagun ('earth')

Connecting and collaborating with the global community

Responding to racism

Zanele Muholi uses various materials, often linked to the specific location of a shoot, to reflect the subject's journey

Yirawy-Dhuray (‘yam-connection’)

Cooking together from kitchens all around the world

Andrew Rewald

A community-based garden project, deeply embedded in its location

Capturing biodiversity

Andrew Rewald explores the endless interconnections between plants and people

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Delicious recipes inspired by NIRIN artists you can try at home

Bagaray-Bang ('healing')

Providing a space for considering together how we heal and what comes next

Find new purposes with #NIRINatHome

Find new uses for things you have around the house

"I make simple things with whatever materials are at hand - words, cloth, beads, unwanted items - because this is what gives me hope."Taqralik Partridge, Untitled

Explore Art Gallery of New South Wales

One of Australia's foremost cultural institutions

Explore Artspace

The historic Gunnery building of Woolloomooloo

Explore Cockatoo Island

Step on to this UNESCO heritage site

Explore National Art School

Australia's leading fine art school and former gaol

Trials of the past

Hear the harsh history that came before the National Art School in this story of 'Starvinghurst'

Listen to the podcast of Darlinghurst Gaol with curator Deborah Beck

Explore Campbelltown Arts Centre

A risk taking arts centre on the edge of Sydney

Explore Museum of Contemporary Art

Inside the world's most visited contemporary art museum

"From the edge we can go beyond the world as we know it."Jota Mombaça

Continue to listen and learn

Go behind the scenes with the NIRIN Podcast

Keep exploring NIRIN online

Or visit the full collections of the Biennale of Sydney

Contemporary art connecting local communities and global networks

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