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Installation view of Tsu Héidei Shugaxtutaan (We Will Again Open This Container of Wisdom That Has Been Left in Our Care), Part II , 2006 by Nicholas Galanin for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020), Art Gallery of New South Wales. Presented with assistance from the United States Government. Photo by Zan Wimberley.

NIRIN'S Cinematic Worlds
An exploration of video works featured in NIRIN, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney

By Biennial of Sydney 
September 24, 2020 

NIRIN, the title of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, is an artist and First Nations-led Biennale, presenting an expansive exhibition of contemporary art that connects local communities and global networks.


Presented by filmmaker, curator and historian Greta Morton Elangué and art historian and curator Jessyca Hutchens, we ask, amongst over 700 artworks that traverse various forms of media, what place does NIRIN give to the moving image? And what spaces are created by the films themselves?

From their interior worlds, through to their dialogue with architecture, to their unsettling of historical narratives embedded within sites, film holds a very special place in NIRIN, opening out onto many different cinematic worlds.

Explore NIRIN's Cinematic Worlds

Listen to the following Podcast, presented by Jessyca Hutchens and Greta Morton Elangué, with special guest Nicholas Galanin (Sitka, Alaska). Galanin speaks about his two-channel film work Tsu Héidei Shugaxtutaan which powerfully intervenes across two of the Court Galleries at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Then, scroll through images that introduce you to our featured artists who use film as a tool to explore complex conversations around sovereignty, colonialism and representation: Lisa Reihana, Arthur Jafa, Warwick Thornton, Barbara McGrady, Nicholas Galanin and Aziz Hazara.


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