Keynote Lecture: José Roca
Join us for a keynote lecture with Colombian curator, José Roca, the Artistic Director of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney: rīvus.
The Radford Auditorium, Art Gallery of South Australia
9 February 2023
6:00pm to 7:00pm
5.30pm arrival for a 6pm start. Enter via the Fish Gates.
Join us for a keynote lecture with Colombian curator, José Roca, the Artistic Director of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney: rīvus, who will discuss the importance of sustainability and collaboration within artistic and curatorial practice.
In 2023, ACE has partnered with the Biennale of Sydney to present a local response to rīvus (Latin for “stream”): A river that flows both ways: Selected works from rīvus, the 23rd Biennale of Sydney. Dedicated to nature and water-based ecologies, rīvus tackles many timely environmental themes including pollution, climate change, and the effect of colonisation on First Peoples’ custodianship of ecosystems.
José Roca is a curator and Artistic Director of FLORA ars+natura, an independent space for contemporary art in Bogotá, and curator of the LARA collection, Singapore. He was the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate, London (2012-2015) and managed the arts program at the Banco de la República (MAMU) in Bogotá. José was a co-curator of the I Poly/graphic Triennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2004), the 27th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2006) and was the Artistic Director of Philagrafika 2010. He served on the awards jury for the 52nd Venice Biennial (2007) and is the author of Transpolitical: art in Colombia 1992-2012 (with Sylvia Suárez), and Waterweavers: A Chronicle of Rivers (with Alejandro Martín).
José's lecture will be followed by a Q&A led by Dominic Guerrera.
Dominic Guerrera is a Ngarrindjeri, Kaurna and Italian person living on Kaurna Yarta. His practice includes curating, poetry, writing, podcasting and photography, focussing primarily on the social justice issues faced by Aboriginal peoples. He is currently employed as a First Nations Producer at Country Arts SA. In 2021 Dominic was awarded The Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize for his poem ‘Unwelcome To Country’.
Feature Image: José Roca, Artistic Director, 23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022), at The Cutaway, Barangaroo. Photography: Daniel Boud.
Project Curator: Patrice Sharkey
Curatorial Liaison: Dominic Guerrera
Production Coordinator: Zak Hutchinson
rīvus was developed and realised by a Curatorium including:
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
A river that flows both ways: Selected works from the 23rd Biennale of Sydney: rīvus is presented as part of the 2023 Adelaide Festival program.
A river that flows both ways: Selected works from the 23rd Biennale of Sydney: rīvus is presented by the Biennale of Sydney and Adelaide Contemporary Experimental, with generous support from the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.