Monday, February 17, 2014

Biennale news

“We believe that the campaign is well intentioned but misguided….Many of us at the Biennale hold strong views on the refugee issue….We would not knowingly associate with the abuse of a disadvantaged group like the refugees. We believe that any action to hinder the Biennale would damage the ability of 94 artists to exhibit their work and gain exposure for their talent. That would be regrettable.”

A spokesperson for the Sydney Biennale’s responds to a Guardian reporter’s questions around lead sponsor Transfield’s ongoing involvement with refugee detention centers on Nauru and Manus Islands.

You can read the full article here and a range of responses to the issue from artists and others here.
And Biennale curator Juliana Engberg's response here