Seeto says: “In a location like Sydney, Australia, with its Aboriginal history, colonisation, waves of mass migration, shifting economic bases and trade, awareness of the natural environment, natural disasters there is no single narrative and straightforward representative space of its history. As people come and go, so does the routes of its capital and ideas shift – new narratives emerge and recede.”
The City Pavilions project is a new artistic component at this year's Shanghai Biennale, which opened earlier this week. Titled The Floating Eye, the Sydney Pavilion project has been curated by 4A's Aaron Seeto, taking as its starting point the shifting, unstable references at play in Australia's oldest settler city.
Image: Shaun Gladwell, Pacific Undertow Sequence (Bondi) 2010, video still. Gladwell is one of the six artists with strong connections to Sydney selected for The Floating Eye