Open to the public from March 12 to June 13, 2022, this major international contemporary art event under the title rīvus will be articulated through a series of conceptual wetlands and imagined ecosystems populated by artworks, public programs, experiments, research and activisms, following the currents of meandering tributaries that expand into a delta of interrelated ideas.


Those invited to take part in the 23rd Biennale of Sydney will be known as “participants” rather than “artists” reflecting their diverse talents, skills, practice—and modes of being—that extend beyond the realm of the visual arts. These live and work across 33 countries on six continents including Cameroon, Cuba, Venezuela, Slovenia, Taiwan, Tonga, and the Netherlands.


In a panel discussion facilitated by First Nations journalist Rachael Hocking, the Curatorium spoke of waterways as dynamic living systems with varying degrees of political agency. “Indigenous knowledge has long understood non-human entities as living ancestral beings with a right to life that must be protected. But only recently have some plants, mountains, and bodies of water been granted legal personhood. If we can recognise that a river has a voice, what might it say? rīvus will enable aqueous beings—rivers, wetlands, and other salt and freshwater ecosystems—to share a dialogue with artists, architects, designers, scientists, and communities. Considering the water ecology’s perspective raises unlikely questions: Can a river sue over psychoactive sewage? Will oysters grow teeth in aquatic revenge? What do the eels think? Are waves the ocean’s desire?

The team of curators—the Curatorium—developing and realising the 2022 edition represent the Biennale of Sydney’s core exhibition partners: José Roca, Artistic Director, 23rd Biennale of Sydney; Paschal Daantos Berry, Head of Learning and Participation, Art Gallery of New South Wales; Anna Davis, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; Hannah Donnelly, Producer, First Nations Programs, Information + Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.); Talia Linz, Curator, Artspace



The Biennale of Sydney is a leading international contemporary art event. It plays an indispensable role in Australia’s engagement with the world, and a meaningful role in the life of the nation. For almost 50 years, the Biennale has been a unifying force in the Australian arts sector, embedding boldly creative art exhibitions and experiences in the everyday life of Sydney and putting the artistic excellence of Australia front and centre on the world stage. The Biennale of Sydney has commissioned and presented exceptional works of art by more than 1900 national and international artists from more than 130 countries, and it is committed to free access for all.

The first 59 participants announced as part of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022) are:

A4C Arts for the Commons (Ecuador/Italy) / Ackroyd & Harvey (England) / Robert Andrew (Yawuru, Australia) / Ana Barboza and Rafael Freyre (Peru) / Badger Bates (Barkandji, Australia) / Milton Becerra (Venezuela/France) / Cave Urban (Australia) / Hera Büyüktaşcıyan (Turkey) / Tania Candiani (Mexico) / Yoan Capote (Cuba) / Casino Wake Up Time (Bundjalung, Kamillaroi, Australia) / Carolina Caycedo (Colombia/USA) / Alex Cerveny (Brazil) / Erin Coates (Australia) / Cian Dayrit (Philippines) / Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson (USA) / Matias Duville (Argentina) / Clemencia Echeverri (Colombia) / Embassy of the North Sea (North Sea/The Netherlands) / Juliana Góngora Rojas (Colombia) / Julie Gough (Trawlwoolway, Australia) / Senior Craftsman Rex Greeno and son Dean Greeno (Palawa, Australia) / David Haines & Joyce Hinterding (Australia/England) / Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe (Yanomami, Venezuela) / Dale Harding (Bidjara/Ghungalu/Garingbal, Australia) / Joey Holder (England) / Marguerite Humeau (France) / Aluaiy Kaumakan (Paiwan Nation, Paridrayan Community, Taiwan) / Pushpa Kumari (India) / Eva L'Hoest (Belgium) / Mata Aho Collective (Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Pūkeko, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Aotearoa New Zealand) / Clare Milledge (Australia) / Yuko Mohri (Japan) / Moogahlin Performing Arts with Aanmitaagzi Big Medicine Studio (Murrawarri, Biripi, Australia; Ojibway/Mohawk, Mi’kmaq, Turtle Island, Canada) / New Landscapes Institute (Australia) / New-Territories_S/he_f.Roche (France) / Leeroy New (Philippines) / Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Nigeria/USA) / Mike Parr (Australia) / Marjetica Potrč (Slovenia) / Caio Reisewitz (Brazil) / Tabita Rezaire (France/French Guiana) / Duke Riley (USA) / Abel Rodríguez (Mogaje Guihu) (Nonuya, Colombia) / Teho Ropeyarn (Angkamuthi/Yadhaykana, Australia) / Diana Scherer (Germany/The Netherlands) / Dineo Seshee Bopape (South Africa) / Komunidad X Sipat Lawin (Philippines) / Kiki Smith (USA) / Paula de Solminihac (Chile) / STARTTS (NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors) and Jiva Parthipan (Australia) / Jenna Sutela (Finland/Germany) / Imhathai Suwatthanasilp (Thailand) / Leanne Tobin (Dharug, Australia) / Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon/France) / Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi (Tonga/Aotearoa New Zealand) / Hanna Tuulikki (England/Scotland/Finland) / Gal Weinstein (Israel) / Zheng Bo (Bai, China)