Curator announced for the 2024 Adelaide Biennial

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Sydney-based curator and arts manager José Da Silva, who was announced today as curator of the 2024 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, says he strives to develop “something extraordinary” that enables people to see culture and society differently see.

The Art Gallery of South Australia announced Da Silva’s appointment following a nationwide appeal, saying he will bring more than 20 years of curatorial experience to the role.

He is currently Director of the UNSW Galleries (University of New South Wales Museum of Contemporary Art, Media and Design) and was previously Director of the Australian Cinémathèque at the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to share my vision for the Adelaide Biennial and feel energized by all of the opportunities that lie ahead, particularly the opportunity to speak to elders, artists, thinkers and community figures in learning all over Australia,” Da Silva said in a statement.

“Biennials are projects that allow us to create a meaningful interface for culture within a city. I look forward to working with the AGSA team to develop something extraordinary for the people of South Australia and visitors who are looking for something that allows them to see culture and society differently.”

The Adelaide Biennale has been presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia as part of the Adelaide Festival program since 1990. The Biennale 2022 with the title Free State and curated by Sebastian Goldspink, featured work by 25 contemporary Australian artists and ended in early June.

The 2024 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art will be presented from 1 March to 2 June 2024.

AGSA Director Rhana Devenport welcomed Da Silva to the curator’s role, saying that his “wealth of experience and nuanced curatorial practice promise to deliver an engaging exhibition.”

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