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FREMANTLE BIENNALE Get swept away by Freo’s undercurrent


Fremantle Biennale
presents UNDERCURRENT 19, the second edition of the city-wide contemporary art program showcasing experimental site-responsive work from established and emerging artists from across the world from November 1-24 all over Freo.

Opening UNDERCURRENT 19, the Fremantle Biennale will present the internationally acclaimed light installation WATERLICHT by Studio Roosegaarde founded by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde. Marking the first time the studio have presented this work in the Southern Hemisphere, the installation calls attention to rising water levels and the climate change crisis.

Running for three weeks this November, the Fremantle Biennale will also present 15 new commissions including large-scale artworks, installations, architectural pavilions, performances and group exhibitions realised in new and found sites across the port city. Over 40 local, national and international artists will respond to the history, landscape and communities that make up Fremantle to reveal and celebrate the cultural, social and historical distinctiveness of the port city in Western Australia.

Fremantle Biennale Co-Founder and Artistic Director Tom Mùller said: “Art has always been a fundamental component of Fremantle, with its creative community almost as renowned as its port. The Fremantle Biennale builds on this reputation and following the success of our first edition, HIGH TIDE 17, we are thrilled to expand the program to run for three weeks in November. Artists from across Australia and the world will respond to the transience and transitional flow of Fremantle as a port town through a variety of different artistic practices. All art forms will inform and be informed by the space and history of Fremantle, whilst also addressing key topical issues of today.

Fremantle Biennale presents UNDERCURRENT 19 from November 1 – 24, 2019. Click here for the full program.

WATCHERLICHT by Studio Roosegaarde, credit Studio Roosegaarde

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