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Commentary

Australia

Speechless

The 1998 Biennale of Sydney

Hannah Fink

ZHU JIA, Related to Environment, 1997 (detail), video still. Photograph Sarah Blee

Predicated on Australia's great distance from the world beyond Asia and the Antarctic, the Biennale of Sydney was founded in 1973 with much the same purpose as the New Delhi Triennale: to bring international contemporary art to a region isolated from the centres of art. The focus was to be on the Pacific Basin and, as Daniel Thomas wrote in the catalogue introduction for the inaugural biennale, Sydney would makeā€¦

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