Set to repel audiences, Australia goes bold for Venice

No tote bags, no vernissage elitism, and no hero antics - Australia's representation at Venice breaks with the old guard in a durational sound installation.

What Australia presents at the Venice Biennale is usually held close to the chest, with minimal details trickled out until the vernissage unveil in Italy. Historically the feeling has been that the celebration of ‘what’ is representing Australia is largely reserved for, and prioritised towards, international audiences and an elite few who make the trip across.

That all changes this year.

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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