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Biennale of Sydney

The Trials of a Long–Distance Relationship

By William Pym

In the early stages of a six-month conversation with ArtAsiaPacific, David Elliott, artistic director of this year’s Biennale of Sydney, paused to clarify the meaning of “The Beauty of Distance,” his title for the festival. “In the colonial time people in Australia felt tyrannized by distance, because they felt it separated them from their mother, or fatherland, whatever that is,” Elliott explained, referring to the fact that the nation is psychologically haunted by a legacy of enforced emigration, institutionalized racism…

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