Australian Pavilion

Performa is delighted to announce the Australian Pavilion Without Walls, a Performa initiative to commission ambitious new work by Australian artists for presentation during Performa 15.

Launched in 2013, the Performa Pavilion Without Walls showcases the most vibrant and significant art from a particular country or region, fostering cultural exchange and connecting international artists with global audiences and the New York City cultural landscape.

The Australian Pavilion explores both current and historical performance practices that are intrinsic to contemporary art from across Australia, investigating the relationship between Indigenous Australian culture, European colonization, and contemporary aesthetics. Through long-term partnerships with arts organizations, curators and scholars, a selection of artists have been be invited to participate in the Performa biennial with work that considers the unique cultural and political landscape of Australia. This list of artists and collectives includes: Richard Bell, Brian Fuata, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Justene Williams, WrongSolo, and Zheng Mahler. 

The Australian Pavilion Without Walls was made possible with support from the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body.

Image credit: Richard Bell, Embassy installation, 2013, 5th Moscow Biennial; photo by Yackov Petchenin, courtesy of Moscow Biennial Art Foundation, Russia and Institute of Modern Art Brisbane, Australia. Brian Fuata, Points of Departure 1 to 3, 2014, 2014; photo by Andrew Curtis, courtesy of the artist and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Australia. Brian Fuata, All Titles, No Centre Crux: the email performances in PERFORMA 2015, 2015; graphic by Lucas Liccini, courtesy of the artist. Agatha Gothe-Snape, Rhetorical Chorus (LW), 2015; courtesy of the artist. Justene Williams, The Joy of Life After Matisse/Madonna/Marcel, 2014; courtesy of the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Australia. WrongSolo, Thieves, 2014; courtesy Salote Talwale. Zheng Mahler, The Bull, 2014; courtesy of the artists.