The Sydney Biennale looks to have its finger on the pulse with its 45th anniversary programme next year, exploring stories of migration and the complexity of diasporic identities. Showcasing the work of 70 artists across seven venues, the free contemporary art festival will take over the city from March with Superposition: Equilibrium & Engagement.

“The artists in the 21st Biennale of Sydney have been chosen to offer a panoramic view of how opposing interpretations can come together in a state of equilibrium”, said newly appointed Artistic Director Mami Kataoka. “The history of the people of Sydney collectively reflects the history of the world in the 20th century, in particular the movements and migration of people and cultures away from conflict. My hope is that the artworks in this Biennale will serve as a catalyst for thought for all of us”.

Sydney Biennale Mami Kataoka. Photograph: Daniel Boud.

As announced in April, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is 2018’s major drawcard. His inclusion in the Biennale follows his double-bill exhibition alongside the works of Andy Warhol at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2016, the highest selling event in the gallery’s history. He will give the Biennale’s keynote address,...