Emerging biennial’s new take on cross-cultural dialogue

The inaugural Hyphenated Biennial brings together First Nations and Asian diasporic artists in a multi-faceted dialogue.

The inaugural Hyphenated Biennial is a platform bringing together voices of First Nations and Asian diasporic artists, and was conceived by co-directors Nikki Lam and Phuong Ngo as a provocation around what it means for diverse artists to work together on the same land.

‘We were thinking about what a biennial in the Western suburbs [of Melbourne] would look like, and what would happen if we put all those artists in dialogue with each other,’ Ngo told ArtsHub.

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She acquired her masters in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: @lleizy_