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.

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"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

Growing up on water

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

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

Haunting human figures

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

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

"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