Curatorial theme and artists announced for the 2020 Adelaide Biennial

The next Adelaide Biennial Monster Theatres promises to make visible the monsters of now.

Words: Rosy Leake

The nation’s longest-running survey of contemporary Australian art announces its artist line-up and curatorial theme for 2020. Celebrating a 30-year milestone, the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art will respond to the theme Monster Theatres, asking its featured artists to make visible the monsters of now in their social and physical spaces.

Curated by AGSA Curator of Contemporary Art Leigh Robb, the biennial promises to showcase a wealth of mediums and disciplines including installation, painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, film, video and sound art, performance and live art.

“Monsters ask us to interrogate our relationships with each other, the environment and technology,” Robb muses. The exhibition is an opportunity for the contributing Australian artists to consider ideas of speculation, absurdity, fiction and urgency in their current environments and react to the social and physical spaces around them.

The 2020 Adelaide Biennial artists include:

Abdul Abdullah (NSW), Mike Bianco (WA), Polly Borland (VIC), Michael Candy (QLD), Megan Cope (VIC), Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari (WA), Julian Day (NSW), Karla Dickens (NSW), Mikala Dwyer (VIC), Brent Harris (VIC), Aldo Iacobelli (SA), Pierre Mukeba (SA), David Noonan (VIC), Mike Parr (NSW), Julia Robinson (SA), Yhonnie Scarce (SA/VIC), Garry Stewart and Australian Dance Theatre (SA), Stelarc (VIC), Kynan Tan (NSW), Mark Valenzuela (SA), Willoh S. Weiland (TAS) and Judith Wright (QLD).

The Adelaide Biennial of Contemporary Art Monster Theatres runs at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 29 February to 8 June 2020.

Image: Abdul Abdullah, Understudy, 2019. Mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Yavuz Gallery, Singapore.

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