Australian Representatives for Venice Biennale 2024 Announced
Noted First Nations artist Archie Moore will represent Australia in the 2024 edition of the Venice Biennale, with Ellie Buttrose serving as curator, the Australia Council announced recently.
Photo by Sofia Freeman, The Commercial
The 60th version of the international contemporary visual art event next year will be a significant one for the country as it is participating for the 25th time in the exhibition.
Moore is a Kamilaroi/Bigambul artist based in Redlands, Queensland, and has more than two decades of experience as a creator working on different media. He will only be the second solo Indigenous artist to represent Australia in the Venice Biennale after Tracey Moffatt back in 2017.
Long-standing curator Buttrose expressed the same gratitude for the opportunity to be part of the group representing Australia in Venice next year.
“I feel honoured that Archie has entrusted me to curate such a significant exhibition. Archie is singular in his ability to engage audiences on an emotional level through memories and familial stories in artworks that stimulate discussion about how we bear the responsibility for social change,” said Buttrose, the curator of Contemporary Australian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.
The selection of Moore, Buttrose and the rest of the team was arrived at upon the expert recommendation of a panel of independent industry advisors. They include Stephen Gilchrist, Carol Yinghua Lu, Victoria Lynn, Hammad Nasar, and Colin Walker.
Australia Council welcomed the choice of Moore as representative and underscored how it carries a lot of significance, especially in its long-standing commitment to push First Nations culture.
“This exhibition comes during a significant milestone as the Australia Council marks 50 years of dedicated investment to First Nations arts and culture – and to have an esteemed First Nations artist such as Archie Moore represent Australia on this global platform is something that all Australians can take pride in and celebrate.”
As has been the case since the early 1980s, Australia’s participation in the Venice Biennale is supported through philanthropy. For 2024, such an approach is led by the Australia Council Chair and Chair of the Venice Biennale Ambassadors Robert Morgan.
“Australia’s participation at the Venice Biennale is a wonderful example of what can be achieved by successfully bringing together public and private investment,” he said.
Morgan is joined by fellow Ambassadors from across Australia who have poured private investment support for the project.
On the part of the Federal Government, it is fully supporting Australia’s participation at the Venice Biennale 2024 through the installation work of Moore.
“You only have to look at the installation work of Archie Moore to imagine what a perfect choice this is for Australia’s exhibition at the Venice Biennale and how perfect the Australian pavilion is to host this work,” Federal Minister for the Arts Tony Burke said.
“Opportunities like these help us to understand more about ourselves as Australians, more about each other, and help the world get to know us,”
The 60th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale will take place from April 20 to November 24, 2024.
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