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Art from the edge
She swims in the morning. Not every day, but frequently, to clear her thoughts and listen to her body. This alchemist whose dreamlike art plunges into the potency of nature began doing pool laps because a long relationship broke up. She started to swim at a crisis point, and never stopped.

For 25 years, Rosslynd Piggott rented a rambling old house and garden in Prahran, in inner Melbourne, and often swam at the local public pool before breakfast, when there was less distraction.

Brook Andrew’s grandmother was forbidden to speak her Wiradjuri tongue. “People need to understand there were generations of genocide in this country,” the artist and first Indigenous Australian artistic director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (which will take place across six Sydney sites in 2020) says. “And it takes time, slowly, to piece a lot of that stuff back together.”

Andrew has announced the first 33 artists, creatives and collectives who will participate in the next BOS, many of whom are First Nations artists. And he says there will be at least 35 more artist entities, including work by scientists, announced in September.

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