Transfield Australian Invited Artists Announced

Posted: September 9, 2020 / News

Sally Kidall, ‘Urban Containment’, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2019. Photo Charlotte Curd.

Renewing their support of the Bondi exhibition, Transfield have signed on as Major Partner for another three years with the continued support of Sydney Exhibition Patrons Luca Belgiorno-Nettis AM, Anita Belgiorno-Nettis AM, and Guido Belgiorno-Nettis AM and Michelle Belgiorno-Nettis.

As part of the partnership, we are pleased to announce the Transfield Australian Invited Artists exhibiting as part of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2020 are Sally Kidall, and Juan Pablo Pinto & Cristian Rojas.

Sally Kidall said she was “thrilled to receive this Australian artist invitation and have the opportunity to realise my new site-responsive, partially virtual, interactive work at such a poignant time in our history and at such a suitable location.” Sally’s intended work ‘Bunker Down: Survival of the Fittest’ is an interactive work, stage-setting a surreal narrative reflecting on the ever-increasing symptoms of fear, dread and dispossession as humanity searches to escape the impacts of our rapidly changing world.

Juan Pablo Pinto & Cristian Rojas will be exhibiting a 6mtr x 6.8mtr work, placing the viewer on the other end of a fishing line. The artists commenting that “it’s a particularly special feeling when someone else believes in your ideas enough to want to go the extra yard and to help you realise them. We are very honoured and proud to be one of the recipients of the ‘Transfield Australian Invited Artist Program.’ This is a great initiative that supports the artistic community and makes more ambitious projects like ours possible.”

Pinto & Rojas went on further to explain that their project began with one simple idea which was aimed to be both playful and profound. We wanted to explore the contradictory relationship humankind has with the ocean. On the one hand, we revere the ocean for its beauty, yet on the other hand, we exploit it as a resource. The adverse effects wreaked by humanity upon the marine environment are widely known. By placing a giant fishing hook through the cliff and under the path over which pedestrians walk, we have imagined a direct inversion of the food chain where the human-made environment is brazenly interrupted and all of a sudden it is us who are sitting at the bottom of the food chain. We hope that this artwork will elicit in people, a more profound reflection regarding our relationship with nature.”

We thank Transfield for their ongoing support and for returning for their 18th year, of which, the partnership has enabled the participation of artists such as Ken Unsworth AM and Wendy Teakel in recent years.

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