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A year away: The Beauty of Distance

In exhibition on 5 June 2009 at 1:41 pm
Biennale1Cai Guo-Qiang


The exhibition concept for next year’s Sydney Biennale was announced today: “The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age”.

Artistic director David Elliot explains: “Distance allows us to be ourselves despite the many capacities we share. We are all the same, yet different, and it is our differences that make us – according to the circumstances – beautiful, terrifying, attractive, boring, sexy, unsettling, fascinating, challenging, funny, stimulating, horrific or even many of these at once. The idea of distance also expresses the condition of art itself. Art is of life, runs parallel to life and is sometimes about life. But for art to be art a medium of numinous, sometimes symbolic power), it must maintain a distance from life. Without distance, art has no authority and is no longer special.”

In a brochure being handed out at the Venice Biennale, Elliot outlines some of the exhibition’s themes:

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