Free 21st Biennale of Sydney forum comes to Ashfield

Presented by Inner West Council as part of the 21st Biennale of Sydney, Ashfield Town Hall will host a free forum exploring the vital role of artists in our communities on Thursday, 17 May (6.30pm to 8.30pm). 

This dynamic forum responds to the works of Elmgreen and Dragset (curators of the 15th Istanbul Biennial 2017) whose giant billboards exhibited in cities across the world with wording and design aimed to spark reflection on the changing nature of neighbourhoods around the globe. 

Questions raised by the billboards include “What makes a good neighbour?” and “What role do artists play in connecting our local inner west neighbourhoods?” 

Presented as part of 21st Biennale of Sydney (15 March to 11 June 2018), Inner West Council billboard sites include at Newtown ArtSeat (Newtown Square), Sydenham Green (Railway Parade, Sydenham), Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre (756 Darling Street, Rozelle) and Ashfield Town Hall (260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield). 

The Ashfield forum will feature Khaled Sabsabi, who after emigrating to Australia in 1978 due to civil war in Lebanon, began his creative life as a hip hop performer and today works across mediums and geographical borders to create artworks and experiences that promote cultural awareness, respect and community connection. His latest work, Bring the Silence (2018), a five-channel video installation, is presented as part of the 21st Biennale of Sydney. 

Jo-Anne Birnie-Danzker, Biennale of Sydney Director and CEO, has enjoyed an international career as curator and director of museums in the US, Germany and Canada. She has published extensively on alternative histories of the modern and co-curated large-scale interdisciplinary contemporary and historical exhibitions with artist-led curatorial collections. 

21st Biennale of Sydney – Free Panel Discussion 

“What makes a good neighbour? Exploring the vital role of artists in our communities” 
With Khaled Sabsabi and Jo-Anne Birnie-Danzker 
Thursday, 17 May 2018, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Ashfield Town Hall, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield 

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