Who will show at the Australia Pavilion in Venice 2024?

While past stats of the Australia Pavilion show certain trends, a relatively new open call format and global rethink might be what’s needed to make space for new voices.

As Juliana Engberg puts it in Kerry Gardner’s book, Australia at the Venice Biennale: ’To participate in the Venice Biennale is to have the opportunity to enter into a milieu of experimentation, contest of ideas, dialogue of forms and discovery of shared and divergent aesthetics – each pursuing a way to express the sentiments, contexts and issues of our time.’

The Venice Biennale, which gathers international stars and curatorial masterminds, not only provides a platform for critical expression and discussion, it is also a career accolade increasingly connected with profile and commercial representation.

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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. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_