Tiger Lillies present new work at the 17th Biennale of Sydney

David Elliott, Artistic Director, 17th Biennale of Sydney, today unveiled program highlights for Australia’s largest and most respected contemporary visual arts event, which will be presented free to the public from 12 May until 1 August 2010

David Elliott, Artistic Director, today unveiled at the Sydney Opera House program highlights for the 17th Biennale of Sydney, which will be presented free to the public from 12 May until 1 August 2010.

Based on the curatorial theme THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, recent and new works by Australian artists will be showcased alongside international artists at Sydney’s leading cultural institutions, contemporary art spaces and heritage sites.

Cockatoo Island (in the middle of Sydney Harbour) returns as a major venue in 2010, featuring many new site-specific works created directly in response to the location. The venue will feature works by approximately 50 artists, including Cai Guo-Qiang, the Tiger Lillies, AES+F, Isaac Julien and Brook Andrew.

As the exhibition subtitle ‘Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age’ implies, many of the artworks incorporate a musical element. In Cockatoo Prison (2010), the Tiger Lillies will premiere their new ‘post-punk’ neo-Brechtian opera about crimes and society’s attitude towards them, performed on location at Cockatoo Island.

There will be a cd of Cockatoo Prison released to coincide with the opening of the show.