So many changes have been made all over the globe since this year’s edition of the Adelaide Biennial event opened on the 29th of February 2020. After some weeks, the theaters of Leigh Robb, a Curator, which had a colorful and dark expression of horror, grief, and liberation, was closed. It was later shuffled online, and was eventually reopened two months ago for an extended season, which came to an end at the start of the month of August. Immediately the situation started easing, more than two hundred thousand people went to the exhibition, as most of them took part in the online programs of the Art Gallery of South Australia.
And with all that has happened these past few months, it would be difficult to make plans for the future. But the plans of arts institutions needs to continue, for them to move ahead, despite the global situation. In light of this, the Art Gallery of South Australia has gone ahead to name Robb’s successor, which they did this week. Sebastian Goldspink, a Curator, and a producer who resides in Sydney, will be the successor to Robb. And his summary of experience showed that he worked with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Aside from his past performances and records, Goldspink will become the second person from the first nation to curate the Biennial after Brenda Croft was killed.
In addition to that, he is also the creator of the Alaska projects, and has curated exhibitions that were displayed in New Orleans, London, and Los Angeles. Based on what Goldspink said concerning the new job, the appointment is partly humbling and exciting. According to him, he is happy with the bringing in of stories to people, and to share the vision and work of the artists. The chance to be able to work in the Art Gallery of South Australia team on a platform of this size and history of the Adelaide event, is a privilege to him.
This shows how good these artists are, and how important it is for them to find a way to have something meaningful to do during this abnormal reality that is shifting as fast as possible. Robb talked about the Monster Theaters, which is a kind of exhibition that proved to be unusually appropriate for this year’s edition of the event. The works of this artist displays his ability to tap into the anxieties, fears, and hopes, of people. This is done to not only listen to the warnings they give, but sound them louder for people to hear. These are the works that help to show the boundaries of the new reality, just as the current crisis is a watershed moment in the history of the world, which separates the past period from the uncertain present.
According to her, artists will be at the forefront of changing the world’s shifting reality, positively. And this will help to promote their relevance to people, and make them see reasons why artists are a vital part of the new world.