The Art Gallery of South Australia announced Da Silva’s appointment following a national call and said he will bring more than 20 years of curatorial experience to the role.
He is currently director of UNSW Galleries (the museum of contemporary art, media and design at the University of New South Wales) and was previously director of the Australian Cinémathèque at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).
“I am excited by this opportunity to share my vision for the Adelaide Biennale and am energized by all the possibilities that lie ahead, especially the chance to learn from elders, artists, thinkers and community figures across Australia,” he said. Da Silva in a statement. .
“Biennials are projects that allow us to create a meaningful interface for culture within a city. I am looking 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 2022 Biennale, titled Free State and curated by Sebastian Goldspink, it featured works by 25 contemporary Australian artists and closed in early June.
The 2024 Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art will run from 1 March to 2 June 2024.
AGSA Director Rhana Devenport welcomed Da Silva to the role of curator, saying his “wealth of experience and nuanced curatorial practice promises to deliver a captivating exhibition.”
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