Sofitel hotels around the world have had a love affair with art and culture. While our hotel is essentially rooted in French joie de vivre – that, “anything can happen” lifestyle – we also pride ourselves on embracing and celebrating Sydney’s vibrant culture scene.
This month, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour has joined creative forces with four acclaimed contemporary artists (Tony Albert, Sarah Contos, Louise Zhang and Nadia Hernández) to surprise and delight our art-loving guests with immersive temporary installations, ahead of Sydney Contemporary Art Fair – the country’s largest and most diverse gathering of local and international galleries – on 12-15 September.
The four site-specific installations are located in two Prestige Suites and a Junior Suite on the hotel’s 29th floor, as well as its top-floor executive lounge, Club Millesime. Running for a couple of weeks, they feature wall works, sculptures and personal objects encapsulating the artists’ creative visions, inspirations and personalities.
Nadia Hernández, whose works are being shown in the hotel’s top-floor executive lounge, is a young Sydney artist, originally from Mérida, Venezuela. Articulated through textiles, paper constructions, painting, music, installations, sculptures and murals, her artistic practice is informed specifically by the current political climate of her home country and her diasporic experience as a Venezuelan woman living abroad.
Tony Albert is a contemporary Australian artist working in a wide range of mediums including painting, photography and mixed media. His work engages with political, historical and cultural Aboriginal and Australian history, and his fascination with “Aboriginalia” (a term he coined to describe kitschy objects and images that feature naive portrayals of Aboriginality). Albert has exhibited his work at numerous museums, biennales and institutions around the globe, including the Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France; the Singapore Art Museum; and the National Museum of China, Beijing.
Sarah Contos creates soft sculptures, embroidered images and quilted works that revolve around themes of identity, femininity, popular culture and history. She has held several solo exhibitions as well as being included in several group shows, building a name for her sensual forays into soft sculpture, embroidered images and quilted works that broach multiple pop-cultural, personal and art-historical strains and references.
Louise Zhang is a Chinese-Australian artist, whose multidisciplinary practice spans painting, sculpture and installation. Her work negates the space between the attractive and repulsive. With an interest in horror cinema, Zhang investigates the idea of the visceral as medium and explores the intersection of fear, anxiety and a sense of otherness in the construction of identity.
The four temporary installations will run at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour from September 5, for a couple of weeks. To experience the works, guests can book a Junior Suite with Club Millesime access from $889 a night, or a Prestige Suite from $1,139 a night (both rates are inclusive of breakfast, afternoon tea, evening drinks and canapes, and butler services). To book, please call 02 8388 8838 or email H9729@sofitel.com. Mention the special code SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY at time of booking enjoy a 20% discount and 2 complimentary tickets for Sydney Contemporary Art Fair (Sept 12-15).
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