Brook Andrew named as Biennale of Sydney’s next Artistic Director

ArtsHub sat down with Brook Andrew on the eve of his Biennale appointment, and discovered what he meant when he described creating an exhibition that would sit at edges and dismantle black and white stereotypes.
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Brook Andrew. Photograph Trent Walter

Brook Andrew has been named Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (BoS), which will be held in 2020. He is the first Indigenous Australian artist to be offered the role with one of the world’s oldest biennales.

He told ArtsHub: ‘I think the art world has always struggled with working with creatives, artists and cultures that are not necessarily at the centre. I am interested in creating a biennale where the feeling is uniquely at the edge.’

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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