With some exclusive Australian exhibitions, exhibitions will be held indoors, outdoors, and in historic buildings, galleries, streets, laneways, and even the Ballarat Cemetery.
Sweet also says the exhibition will bring back a sense of past comfort: “In the last year there have been many moments when the past and future seem to collapse and the immediacy of the here and now dominates. We long for a return to the known and imagine what may come next. This is captured in the premise for this year’s Biennale: Past. Tense. Now.”
Here’s a glimpse of what’s on offer:
Linda McCartney: Retrospective
An Australian premiere, more than 200 photographs by the world-famous Linda McCartney will be on exclusive display. It’s an intimate look into the life of the McCartney family, including husband Paul’s music career and his time in Australia.
Notes from a Queer Mystic
This BIFB exclusive and Australian Premiere explores the work of internationally acclaimed, trailblazing artist Steven Arnold. Arnold was a quintessential icon ahead of his time whose ideas of gender, sexuality, and spirituality are as relevant as ever in today's cultural conversation.
The Poverty Line
An exhibition by Chow and Lin explores the conversations around poverty and inequality. It asks the question: What does poverty really mean in different countries? They look at 36 countries through the lens of a camera, intending to encourage conversations about the social structures of our globalised world.
The Foto Walks program is a series of photographic tours exploring the Biennale, Ballarat’s heritage architecture and the Ballarat General Cemetery. You’ll be guided by a local professional photographer, where participants of all ages, abilities and levels of experience will learn the art of photography, receiving unique insights into photographic processes and techniques.
Ballarat's outdoor space is coming alive with 16 outdoor exhibitions by 84 artists, invigorating the city by transforming busy streets, laneways, shopfronts and landmark buildings into exhibition spaces with public art. As you take your time meandering through the old town, you’ll find photographic art at every turn, revealing new and exciting parts of Ballarat along the way.
Biennale After Dark
When the sun sets, the fun doesn’t stop. Biennale after dark is a series of digital exhibitions, events, music, dining experiences and loads more. And on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, a series of projected exhibitions from Jackson Gallagher (AUS), Heidi Victoria (AUS), Kris Graves (USA) will light up the historic Ballarat Town Hall.
Can’t make it?
That’s okay because BIFB will be online, too, so no one has to miss out! A digital program and live stream of selected exhibitions, talks and panel discussions will be available to those at home. And for the first time ever, BIFB has created virtual galleries of some of the most exciting exhibitions – just tune in online, and you’ll honestly feel like you’re there.
Check out the website for the full program of events and ticketing information, and head to Ballarat from now until January 2022 and give some much-needed support to our local arts scene.