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The country’s longest running survey of contemporary Australian art, the Adelaide Biennial, returns. Entitled Free/State, a play on the optimism of SA’s colonial origins, the 2022 edition is centred on artist provocateurs and outsiders to create a wild and vibrant exhibition for these most uncertain of times.

The Biennial showcases 25 artists from every state and territory across multiple generations with a focus on amplifying and celebrating individual artistic voices. Senior artists such as Tracey Moffatt, Julie Rrap and South Australians Angela and Hossein Valamanesh exhibit alongside cutting edge emerging artists Loren Kronemyer, Min Wong and JD Reforma. The Art Gallery of South Australia will be inhabited by immersive installations from artists Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Stanislava Pinchuk and Darren Sylvester including interventions into non-traditional spaces within the gallery from Tom Polo, Kate Scardifield and Rhoda Tjitayi. Free/State embraces a diverse range of mediums from Sera Waters' intricate textiles, to Laith McGregor’s epic large scale drawings and Shaun Gladwell’s forays into frenetic video and extended reality works. Artists Reko Rennie, Dennis Golding and Mitch Cairns present deeply personal perspectives and examine notions of family, place and home.

Sebastian Goldspink, curator of the 2022 Adelaide Biennial, is a dynamic and fresh spokesperson for Australian art. Ten years ago he made a name for himself by commandeering empty car parks after dark in Sydney and transforming them into vibrant pop-up galleries for emerging artists. That driving commitment to ensuring diverse voices flourish shines through in this fantastic instalment of this significant exhibition.


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