Cosmin Costinaş, Inti Guerrero will be the curator of the 24th Biennale of Sydney
Berlin curators Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero have been named Artistic Directors of the 2024 Biennale of Sydney. Their appointment marks only the second time in the Biennale’s forty-nine-year history that the event has been co-directed. The twenty-fourth edition of the Biennale, Australia’s largest contemporary art event, will take place from March 9 to June 24 in the port capital of the Australian territory of New South Wales: no location or theme has yet been announced.
Costinaș and Guerrero are longtime friends who have worked on several projects together while maintaining individual curatorial practices. The duo jointly organized the 2018 Dakar Biennale in Senegal; the 2016-17 traveling exhibition “Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs”, which appeared in Manila, Hong Kong and Bangkok; and the widely acclaimed 2013 show “A Diary of the Year of the Plague,” at Para Site and Sheung Wan Civic Center Exhibition Hall in Hong Kong. Furthermore, Costinaș organized the Romanian pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, which opened on April 23; he was artistic director of the Kathmandu Triennale 2022 and curatorial advisor of the Aichi Triennale 2022. From 2011 to 2022, he was director of Para Site. Guerrero, who curated the biennial international exhibition EVA 2018 in Ireland, is an instructor in the curatorial studies program at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts-KASK in Ghent, Belgium; he was previously, from 2016 to 2020, the assistant curator of Estrellita B. Brodsky at the Tate, London.
“I am delighted to work with Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero, highly respected curators both together and independently with a deep understanding of the international and Australian creative landscapes,” said Barbara Moore, CEO of the Biennale. “The Biennale of Sydney is a participatory platform designed to showcase the best of contemporary art from around the world, inviting discussion and shared learning about the joys and challenges of our times.
Costinaș and Guerrero noted that although their plans for the exhibition remained nebulous at this early stage, they hoped to bring into play the “multiplicity of visual regimes that form the lived experience of most people around the world”. The duality of their respective worldviews will likely also come into play, though discord between the two friends seems unlikely. Still, a lively thrill can infuse conservation procedures. “If you don’t argue with someone, that means you don’t respect that person,” Guerrero told the Sydney Morning Herald. “You should get involved emotionally and intellectually.”