Alchemy Garden Installation ImageBiennale of Sydney
NIRIN at the National Art School reflects on extinction, death, life, change and healing. A central theme of NIRIN is that of BILA (meaning River: Environment), a focus on the complex ecologies that make up our world and the environmental crises we now face. Some projects share an urgency for ecological harmony and how humans can work together with nature to create food gardens and respond to our deeper interconnectivity to the earth, rocks, animals and other creatures with whom we share this planet. Amongst the deep sadness of extinction is also the need of human diaspora and movement that often uproots and creates heartache for many who need to flee their homes from war or other actions out of their control. The legacy of this and inter-generational trauma reflects both on our duty to nature but also to each other.
Femicide (the murder of women) is also deeply reflected here and contemporary violence are navigated in complex ways. Among these artworks and their messages, is also hope and relocation. As we all witness together, there is a place made possible for reflection and healing, creating a different path forward.
Navigate through the National Art School and explore the artists of NIRIN.
NIRIN at National Art School (2020)Biennale of Sydney
Brothers (The Prodigal Son) Brothers (The Prodigal Son) (2020) by Tony AlbertBiennale of Sydney
Tony Albert (Australia)
Brothers (The Prodigal Son) responds to a window in the nearby chapel building. It memorialises another story of heroic figures, enshrining a beautiful act of self defiance and embedding a local Indigenous story at the site. Read the story
Alchemy Garden Alchemy Garden (2019/2020) by Andrew RewaldBiennale of Sydney
Andrew Rewald (Australia)
Deeply embedded in its location, Alchemy Garden is an interactive, ever transforming, community-based garden project, created through reflecting on histories from pre-invasion Indigenous land use to the present. We are asked to reflect on what we can learn from the past to inform new sustainable practices into the future. Explore the garden
Randy Lee Cutler (Canada) and Andrew Rewald (Australia)
Mineral Garden is a collaborative installation that draws upon the individual practices of both artists, who share common interest in the natural world and ecological crises. Across three rooms that create different atmospheres, the project speculates on hidden and unexpected lives of plants, minerals, animals, and forms in-between.
Look around and explore the diverse selection of materials: collages, posters, archival objects, and plant specimens and a reading area. The installation traverses the realms of mysticism, museum taxonomy, science fiction and reality. Explore the installation
Hannah Catherine Jones, aka Foxy Moron (United Kingdom)
The immersive video installation Owed to Diaspora(s) is an atmospheric blending and traversing of cosmic scenes to actions of freedom, colonial histories to possible futuristic visions and popular culture.
Iltja Ntjarra (Many Hands) Arts Centre (Australia)
In the stairwell, ‘dollar shop’ bags trace stories of Country and struggles with housing and displacement. By the windows sit Waiting list long time (Vanessa Inkamala) and My Dream is for my Country (Noreen Hudson).
These are material symbols of life on the move. On one side is a beautiful landscape painting. On the other, a powerful message of self-determination to the many who have no connection or understanding of their urgency.
Teresa Margolles (Mexico)
Margolles' installation Aproximación al lugar de los hechos (Approximations to the Scenes of the Facts) is an accumulation of violent acts, plotted through a complex memorial to lives lost and to sites where trauma continues to resonate and bear material traces of the violence perpetrated.