The 20th Biennale of Sydney launches next week on 18 March with 83 artists from 35 countries presenting their work in nineteen locations across Sydney.
Indian artists Dayanita Singh and Sudarshan Shetty are participating in the festival, as are Bharti Kher and Neha Choksi who are based in India, with Indian culture and life a huge influence on their work.
Dayanita Singh presents a travelling photographic installation, Suitcase Museum, and a series of accordion-fold books with Kitchen Sink, that leave the interpretation to the audience with little indication of what the photograph is of or where it is taken.
Sudarshan Shetty presents Shoonya Gar, a new film work that continues his exploration of the cycles of life and death and investigates the symbolism and theatricality inherent in ritual.
Bharti Kher presents Six Women, a series of life-sized, seated female forms that were cast from real women in her New Delhi studio. Kher’s sitters were sex workers, their vulnerability shows through in their nakedness.
Neha Choksi presents The Sun’s Rehearsal, 2016, a billboard-sized installation that has been constructed from scaffold and a wall layered with seven photographs of sunsets, and overlaid with a digitally rendered depiction of a setting sun. Over the course of the exhibition, the sunsets are peeled away from the wall, leaving the traces and remnants of what had once existed and suggesting the passing of time – one day, one week, one year, one lifetime. Dancer Alice Cummins will also perform as part of the work.