Brook Andrew

Australian artist and curator of next Biennial of Sydney

Andrew’s year was a story of three biennials. The first was Kochi-Muziris, where he exhibited a trademark installation of paintings, collaged found photographs and sculpture (in this case, inflatable orbs) reflecting on postcolonial identity and the long hangover of imperialism; the second was the Honolulu Biennial, which opened in March; the third has yet to happen, but has likely taken up a good deal of the artist’s time over the past 12 months. Andrew will curate next year’s Biennale of Sydney, the first artist and first indigenous person to do so. Taking the title NIRIN, which means ‘edge’ in Wiradjuri, the language of his mother’s people, it will feature 98 artists, researchers and activists from 47 countries spread out across six venues in the city and show, he says, ‘how all those edges come together to make a centre’. In doing so he – and the biennial’s organisers – hope he can revitalise an institution whose recent editions have been dogged by protest.