Joël Andrianomearisoa

THERE MIGHT BE NO OTHER PLACE IN THE WORLD AS GOOD AS WHERE I AM GOING TO TAKE YOU

By Biennale of Sydney

22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN

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About the artist

Joël Andrianomearisoa
Born 1977 in Antananarivo, Madagascar
Lives and works in Paris, France and Antananarivo, Madagascar

“The black curtain is a lace veil over reality..."


- Joël Andrianomearisoa

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THERE MIGHT BE NO OTHER PLACE IN THE WORLD AS GOOD AS WHERE I AM GOING TO TAKE YOU 

In the 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN, Joël Andrianomearisoa presents the major new textile commission THERE MIGHT BE NO OTHER PLACE IN THE WORLD AS GOOD AS WHERE I AM GOING TO TAKE YOU across two sites; the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.


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Art Gallery of New South Wales

At the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Andrianomearisoa uses sheer black curtains to initiate a series of veilings, creating a work that rests across and between moments in the Gallery’s collections, occupying a liminal ‘edge’ space. Andrianomearisoa’s fabric interventions constitute a playful counter-architecture. 

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Transcending categorisations based on chronology, style, or geography, they accentuate what is already present – the way our spectatorship unfolds as we cross a room, the way our eyes catch some details over others, or the imagined stories and emotional shifts that can be brought forth by an encounter with an artwork. 

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Andrianomearisoa reminds us that the sensual content of these paintings is already there but is sometimes lost within the ‘civilising rituals’ of museum space. 

Navigate through the Art Gallery of NSW and discover the work of Andrianomearisoa.

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Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Across three levels of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Joël Andrianomearisoa’s textile installation weaves a multi-storied trail that resonates with his companion piece in the Grand Court Galleries of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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Here his textiles veil and drift between solid descriptions of space, shifting an experience of the galleries that plays with our perceptions, and what we can and can’t see.

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Time is void in Andrianomearisoa’s installations; the layered textiles quietly invoking memory and emotion.

"The black curtain is a lace veil over reality, concern passing over the features of a loved face. A proclamation of a mourned love? A mourned friendship? A mourned memory? And there are no geographies in the world as good as where I am going to take you."

Joël Andrianomearisoa

Navigate through NIRIN at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and explore Andrianomearisoa's veilings. 

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MCA artist talk: Joel Andrianomearisoa
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Listen to Joël Andrianomearisoa discuss his work in this artist's talk at the MCA.

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THERE MIGHT BE NO OTHER PLACE IN THE WORLD AS GOOD AS WHERE I AM GOING TO TAKE YOU, 2020 
Textile
Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with assistance from the Ambassade de France en Australie and Institut Français 
Courtesy the artist and Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid

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