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Faculty sponsors the 18th Biennale of Sydney's Opening Week Symposium


29 June 2012

'Slippers and Wire' by Dubai artist Hassan Sharif showing at the Art Gallery of NSW as part of the 18th Biennale of Sydney. Courtesy the artist and The Flying House, Dubai.
'Slippers and Wire' by Dubai artist Hassan Sharif showing at the Art Gallery of NSW as part of the 18th Biennale of Sydney. Courtesy the artist and The Flying House, Dubai.

Following on from the recent success of their Sydney Writers' Festival partnership, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have made a further commitment to public engagement in the arts with a sponsorship of the 18th Biennale of Sydney's Opening Week Symposium, in conjunction with the Power Institute Foundation.

The symposium, being held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June, showcases University of Sydney talent in a variety of public discussions with artists, writers, curators and academics under the theme All Our Relations.

The Biennale is Australia's premier festival of international contemporary art and one of the world's leading biennales. This critically acclaimed not-for-profit festival has been providing an international platform for innovative contemporary art every second year in Sydney since its inception in 1973.

"We're delighted about our continuing sponsorship of the Biennale and especially our involvement in the Opening Week Symposium," says Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

"To have the opportunity to bring our internationally renowned art historians and theorists into conversation with leading global artists and others passionate about contemporary art is an exciting prospect," says Ivison.

University of Sydney participants in the Opening Week Symposium from the Department of Art History and Film Studies include Professor John Clark, who will discuss a Biennale in post-capitalist times, Associate Professor Mary Roberts, who will participate in a session exploring issues of geopolitics and ecology, and Professor Roger Benjamin, whose event on collaboration will touch on themes of indigeneity, migration and belonging.

Professor Roger Benjamin will also chair a special Biennale event hosted by the United States Studies Centre titled Memory, Place and Diaspora: Five US-based artists speak.

"The faculty has a proud tradition of scholarship and writing on contemporary art through the Department of Art History and Film Studies and the Power Foundation and we look forward to deepening our engagement with the Biennale in the years to come," says Professor Ivison.


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