City of art at the 19th Biennale of Sydney

The 19th Biennale of Sydney has just finished after nearly three months of art, installations, talks, and events. During the event I visited Cockatoo Island and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) to capture some of the installations from various artists.

Cockatoo Island has a varied history including shipyard, prison (Sydney’s own mini-Alcatraz), reform school, and World War II Naval dockyard. It’s now been returned to public use and hosts various events including comedy and music festivals, art events, and camping.

To be honest I was a little disappointed compared to 2012, from a photographer’s perspective there were less photogenic installations. However there were a couple of highlights including a warehouse of strange, translucent shapes, and a kinetic light installation.

Disco Flouro I

The MCA presented more photographic opportunities with a great installation called ‘Zodop’ by Glaswegian artist Jim Lambie, featuring what must be kilometres of coloured vinyl tape which traces and accentuates the architectural nuances of the building.

Rainbow Room

Plus some other interesting installations including a huge, hypnotic video environment ‘Mercy Retour Garden Skin’ by Pipilotti Ris and large, glass water pods inhabiting an empty space, ‘Nine Liqud Incidents’ by Roni Horn.

Water Pods

You can view all of my images from the 19th Biennale of Sydney on Flickr.

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