TarraWarra Biennial 2023: an experience of Indigenous-led relationships

TarraWarra Biennial 2023 offers an invitation that goes beyond the gallery walls.

The cycle of biennials, triennials and major blockbuster exhibitions is back in motion. Seeing familiar faces at openings, sipping wine and trying to navigate the crowd to see the actual artworks – it’s hard not to feel like everything is caught up in this one, massive jumble called the arts.

The TarraWarra Biennial 2023: ua usiusi faʻavaʻasavili (an alagāʻupu, Sāmoan proverb, meaning ‘the canoe obeys the wind’) is a refreshing detour. It is located at the TarraWarra Art Museum among rolling hills and laid-back vineyards in the Yarra Valley, around 60 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A 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. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram: @lleizy_