Immersive artworks define 2023 Fremantle Biennale

The fourth iteration of this WA festival shows it is going from strength to strength.
Fremantle Biennale. image is a stripey spotlight backdrop with the silhouette of a single figure standing in front of it.

The Fremantle Biennale has grown into something of a tour de force since it started in 2017, holding its own in a busy national festival cycle. Now presenting its fourth edition, with the theme ‘SIGNALS 23’, this multi-venue event officially opened last week and will run through to 19 November.

Exploring themes of movement and communication across distances, it realises 18 new artistic site-responsive commissions across Walyalup/Fremantle. Among them, 16 productions are world firsts and two are Australian firsts. That is ambitious in itself – then we move on to recognise the scale of some of those works.

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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