In conversation with Brook Andrew
Hear from the artistic director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney
Brook Andrew, one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, is the artistic director of NIRIN: Biennale of Sydney 2020. The exhibition brings together artists, makers, scientists, academics and thinkers from around the world to deliver artworks, insights, ideas and projects that challenge dominant narratives and share Indigenous knowledge. NIRIN, meaning 'edge’, is a word from his mother’s Nation, the Wiradjuri people of western New South Wales.
In this talk, Brook shares with us his artistic vision for the exhibition, including the unique presentation of works at the Gallery. He also shares his experience working with artists from Australia and around the world and the significance in connecting local communities with global networks.
Brook Andrew is an interdisciplinary artist who examines dominant narratives, often relating to colonialism and modernist histories. Through museum and archival interventions and curatorial projects, he aims to make forgotten stories visible and offer alternative pathways for interpreting history in the world today. Brook is also an associate professor at MADA, Monash University; honorary senior fellow within the Indigenous Studies Unit and the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne; and associate researcher, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. He is currently a Charlie Perkins scholar undertaking a PhD at the Ruskin School of Art, The University of Oxford.
Image: Brook Andrew. Photo by Zan Wimberley,