The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will come to life at Carriageworks from Thursday 12 until Sunday 15 September with presentations from more than 90 Australian and international galleries, including special zones NEXT and FUTURE which showcase early-career artists and galleries, some offering work for under $5,000. Amongst the art spaces a collection of Australian art publications will be in attendance in dedicated media stalls, including Art Almanac at Stand M2!
As well as the commercial arm of the fair, viewers will encounter unique performances selected by Jeff Khan and Katie Winten from the likes of Leila El Rayes, Archie Barry and many more, programs and 15 new site-specific installations from well-known artists curated by Dr Mikala Tai. Some highlights include – Movana Chen’s ongoing knitted work Deconstructing comprised of shredded magazines to represent the Hong Kong-based artist’s feeling about memory and its relationship to the body; Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro in collaboration with BondorPanel present a neo-medieval tower from which viewers can get a birds-eye view of the fair, and charge their phone; Joan Ross and Dr Josh Harle at Tactical Space Lab offer viewers a disturbing VR exploration of the landscape as a colonial woman. This year Kids Contemporary is welcoming Jason Phu in a maker’s space titled ‘Funny dumb weird haha cardboard box mask workshop’. The ticketed opening night party will host two exclusive premieres; Nell’s ROCK GATE and Tony Albert’s first Sydney performance, Confessions.