Robert Andrews selected for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney 'Rīvus' - 12 March to 13 June 2022

Robert Andrews selected for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney ‘Rīvus’ – 12 March to 13 June 2022

Robert Andrew - Country, Ground, Earth, Sand, Time and Space (2017)

ROBERT ANDREW  Country, Ground, Earth, Sand, Time and Space, 2017. Soil, aluminium, string and electro-mechanicals, 400 cm by 180 cm by 180 cm.

We are proud to announce Robert Andrews has been selected for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney rīvus 12 March – 13 June 2022

Curatorial Statement
Rivers, wetlands and other salt and freshwater ecosystems feature in the 23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022), titled rīvus, as dynamic living systems with varying degrees of political agency. Indigenous knowledges have long understood non-human entities as living ancestral beings with a right to life that must be protected. But only recently have animals, plants, mountains and bodies of water been granted legal personhood. If we can recognise them as individual beings, what might they say?
– José Roca Artistic Director, 23rd Biennale of Sydney

Artist Biography

Robert Andrew,
born 1965 in Perth, Australia Lives in Brisbane, Australia Yawuru. Robert Andrew is a descendant of the Yawuru people, his Country is the lands and waters of the Broome area in the Kimberley Region, Western Australia. His work investigates personal and family histories that have been denied or forgotten. Andrew’s work speaks to the past yet articulates a contemporary relationship to his Country. His work often combines programmable machinery with earth pigments, ochres, rocks and soil to mine historical, cultural and personal events that have been buried and distanced by the dominant paradigms of western culture.

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