Category Archives: Mind Philosophy 艺门

A New Role in a New Continent 新大陆新角色

Jo-Anne Birdie-Danzker

CEO of Biennale of Sydney

Q. How is it like to be back in Australia and what does it mean to you to take up a role as Director and CEO of the Biennale of Sydney?

A. I am thrilled to return to Sydney and honoured to be Director and CEO of the Biennale of Sydney in the year it celebrates its 45th anniversary. The Biennale, one of the largest exhibitions of its kind in the region, has a very distinguished past. Since 1973, twenty large-scale exhibitions have showcased 1,800 artists from over 100 countries around the globe. I am looking forward to help shape its future.

Q. You will be working together with curator Mami Kataoka for the exhibition in 2018 that will include a final roster of about 70 artists including prominent names such as Ai Weiwei, Laurent Grasso and Haegue Yang. According to Mami they “will explore multiple viewpoints…a journey; a walk through microcosms of the world today…” What would you like the audience to take away with them after seeing the show?

A. Under Mami’s leadership, the 21st Biennale promises to be a compelling exploration of the most urgent issues of the day as we collectively face an increasingly complex future. The 21st Biennale of Sydney is very much about how we can live together and how opposing views and interpretations of the world can come together in a state of equilibrium – and engagement.

Q.How could the Biennale of Sydney be different from any other exhibition that you have previously worked with?

A. I have worked on numerous large-scaled exhibitions in the past but what fascinates me about the Biennale is that Sydney itself becomes not only a stage for the Biennale but also its context. It is such a privilege to present the work of some of the finest national and international artists working today in spectacular UNESCO World Heritage sites. This is one of the most distinctive qualities of the Biennale of Sydney .

Q.You are known to have transformed the Frye with a stodgy reputation to a vibrant space for contemporary art. Do you always have a plan in mind and how do you know for certain just what is needed to succeed in this project?

A. Whenever I move to a new city, or a new institution, my first step is to listen. I need to understand. Only then can I begin to imagine a richer future and put in place the conditions that are necessary to realise it.

Q.What are some of the most empowering exhibitions you have ever directed, produced or curated in your career so far?

A. I have been blessed to have directed, produced and curated wonderful, transformative exhibitions but never on my own, always as part of a team of visionary artists and curators who revealed unexpected ways of seeing and understanding the world. Such occasions are a gift.

Q.We came to believe that at the height of your success (during Alley Barnes), you did not even curate the exhibition. How do you manage to give such freedom to an artist, and what do you need to see in an artist to be able to give such autonomy to them? 

A. Working with artists like Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, and the brilliant artists Noah Davis and Kahlil Joseph whom he championed, is a privilege. Protecting their visions by not imposing one’s own is a complex navigation between offering support and distance simultaneously.

Q.What do you enjoy doing when you are not at the office?

A. I love to swim!


问:你与资深策展人片冈真实(Mami Kataoka)将携手策划2018年的展览会,届时将会有大约70名艺术家与合作伙伴,包括艾未未、Laurent Grasso和杨海固等知名艺术家。根据片冈真实的说法,他们将“探索多视点旅程;漫步于今日世界的微观生态……”。你想让观众观赏完毕后可以得到或领略什么?




答:与像 Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes 类似艺术家以及他所倡议的杰出艺术家Noah Davis 和 Kahlil Joseph 一起工作已经是种特权。因此不强加自己的想法来保护他们的意愿,这是同时提供支援和保持距离的复杂导航方式。


Capturing Gorillas 猩球掠影

Photography by Jason Yeap

Gorilla Tracking is one of the top tours in the world for those who seek an adventure of coming face to face with the majestic Silverbacks that live in the mountains of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda. Looking directly into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants and capturing perfect moments through the lenses are unforgettable lifetime experiences.



More than 500 artists from Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Chile, and 90 galleries participated in the 3rd Sydney Contemporary Art Fair at Carriageworks. This 3rd edition international art fair saw some very interesting presentation including a white marble sculpture by Botero with the most expensive price of $575,000, an installation of a red room by Hiromi Tango, a naked human body giant sculpture by Garth Knight and many many more. It was a successful fair with more than 35,000 visitors. The organisers has decided to make this two-year-once art fair into an annual event in Sydney’s calendar.


为了响应第三届悉尼当代艺术博览会,来自澳大利亚、新西兰、中国、香港、新加坡、菲律宾,智利等90个画廊的500多名艺术家齐聚一堂。其中第三届国际艺术博览会也多了趣味和充满想象力的展出,包括一座由艺术先锋 Botero 设计的白色大理石雕塑,最高价达57万5000澳元,由丹后博美(Hiromi Tango)所装置的一间红色房间,由 Garth Knight 呈现一个巨型美感裸体雕塑作品,还有更多令人印象深刻的作品。作为接待超过3万5000名参观者的成功博览会,主办者决定将这两年一度的艺术博览会提上悉尼常年活动日程。

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Treasure Hunt 寻宝游戏
40 reputable dealers from all over Australia showcased some of the best antiques, art and collectibles in the Sydney Antique & Art Fair organized by the Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association. This four day event attracted many serious collectors and newbies going through the exhibition finding beautiful and sometimes rare pieces to add to their collections. According to General Manager Karen Lewis, it is getting harder to sustain this trade as the senior dealers are retiring and the younger generation are not as keen. Not to mention some have closed their shops and switched to selling online. More than 3000 visitors visited this event.

40名澳大利亚各地的知名经销商聚集悉尼古董艺术博览会,这项由澳大利亚古董与艺术品经销商协会所主办的活动上展示了珍贵的古董、艺术品和收藏品。而长达4天的展览会活动也吸引了许多资深收藏家和新手,他们借机物色一些珍稀美丽的收藏品。总经理 Karen Lewis 认为,随着高级经销商退休,年轻一代不热衷于古玩行业,维持行业的难度相对增大,还有些人关闭了他们的实体商店,转战网上销售。这个展览会有超过 3000名参观者。