Sydney Contemporary announces Installation Contemporary, and more…

Further updates from Australasia’s largest art fair.

Words: Erin Irwin

Sydney Contemporary has revealed a star-studded lineup for their program Installation Contemporary, which will run as part of their seventh edition. It will include impressive large-scale works by Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Alex Seton, Brian Robinson, Jenna Lee, Jon Rafman, Julie Rrap, Lindy Lee, Louise Zhang, Mikala Dwyer, Roy Wiggan, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy and Tony Garifalakis.

From Abdul-Rahman Abdullah will be Dead Horse, while Alex Seton will present a suite of glass works that hark back to post-war Australia. Brian Robinson will explore Joseph Banks’ voyage to the Pacific in his work Banks Bounty: Erotic Cargo, Jenna Lee’s collection of 45 individual works will celebrate traditional lands, foods and words, and Jon Rafman will exhibit the newest iteration of Nine Eyes of Google Street View. Installation Contemporary will also see Julie Rrap’s The Dust of History, Lindy Lee’s One Bright Pearl, and Louise Zhang’s Temple, as well as works that showcase Roy Wiggan’s Bardi cultural knowledge, Mikala Dwyer’s experimental and international practice, and Sarah Smuts-Kennedy’s explorations of energy systems. Finally, Tony Garifalakis’s Scum Suite will interrogate the relationship between text and image.

Installation Contemporary will be curated by Sarah Hetherington, Director of Galleries at Sydney Contemporary. Of the project, she says that “Installation Contemporary offers artists the opportunity to push the boundaries of their practice and exhibit ambitious, museum-quality projects in the iconic architectural environment of Carriageworks. Located throughout interstitial or transitional spaces, the works collectively explore themes of the body (human or animal), spirituality and transcendence, colonial history, language and cultural identity, memory and time, as well as materiality and the use of technology”.

Sydney Contemporary has also announced a new addition in the MA Art Prize, which seeks to elevate works from emerging artists within the context of an established art fair. It will be an acquisitive prize valued at $10,000, and will be awarded to a work exhibited at the fair. The judges of this prize will include Andrew Martin, Managing Director at MA Financial, Janna Robertson, Chief Operating Officer of MA Financial, Amelia Hill, Senior Advisor at MA Financial, Sue Cato, Collector, Philanthropist and Advisory Council member at Sydney Contemporary, and Ursula Sullivan, Co-Director of Sullivan+Strumpf.

Sydney Contemporary runs from 7 – 10 September. For more information or to buy advance tickets, visit the fair’s website here.

This article was posted 19 July 2023.

Image: Alex Seton, Everything was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt 2022, The Lock-Up, installation shot. Photograph: Mark Pokorny. Courtesy: the artist, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney, and Sydney Contemporary.


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