EXHIBITIONS




DOCKLANDS

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XYZ Photo Gallery - Docklands 
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Echoes of The Perfect Moment in Cincinnati

Main Gallery:
Brian Sergio (Manila) Arthur Tress (USA)
Director’s space:
garrie maguire
to 28 April 2024 1:00 - 5:00pm, Wed - Fri & Sunday

Three artists making work that transgresses expectations and norms:
Sergio’s work of his life in Manila, the rough, tough and unflinching in gritty black and whites.
A group of sex Tress’ printed photographs submitted for a magazine article in 1980.
male//chair is over two venues, the Pride Centre in St Kilda with a 13 work annex at XYZ.




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Magnet Gallery - Docklands
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Anzac Days Exhibition
Collin Abbott
25 April to 25 May 2024
 
A collection of photographs by Collin Abbott of Anzac Day parades in Melbourne during the 1970s. Abbott's interest was to record the last of the World War I diggers, as well as their families and friends, for whom the parade was a way of commemorating those who served and fell.



INNER CITY



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CCP - Fitzroy
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Only the future revisits the past
Marta Bogdańska (PL), Omar Victor Diop (SN), Nikki Lam (AU/HK), Tace Stevens (Noongar/Spinifex/AU), Stephanie Syjuco (US).
To 12 May 2024
 
It is well established that photography and film record the past, but these types of documents can also transform and dictate the future. Through deep engagement and considered intervention, these artists disrupt received structures and narratives. In doing so, they explore ideas of agency and the limitations of representation. This exhibition questions the formulation of accepted knowledge and accounts, and asks: what role does memory and history play in forming our futures?.



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Hillvale Gallery - Brunswick 
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Hillvale Photo Trophy
Many many people.
5 April to 5 May 2024


The Hillvale Photo Trophy serves as a means to continue pursuing our passion for photography and providing a space for photographic and lens-based image makers to experiment with their practice in an accessible, generous, and open environment. By offering paid opportunities for artists to showcase their work in new and innovative ways, we hope to foster a vibrant and supportive community while furthering the boundaries of photographic art.



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Melbourne Museum - Carlton 
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Unfinished Business
Belinda Mason Knierim OAM, v Dieter Knierim, and Uncle John Baxter.
To 21 April 2024
 
Unfinished Business in an exhibition of photographic portraits revealing the stories of 30 First Nations people with lived experience of disability from across Australia.
Through their involvement in the project, each participant’s self-narratives which accompany their portraits contextualise and draw much-needed attention to critical issues that impact on their lives.



CITY




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State Library of Victoria - Melbourne 
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Melbourne Out Loud: Life through the lens of Rennie Ellis
Rennie Ellis
to 28 January 2025

If there was ever a photographer to take Melbourne’s portrait, it was Rennie Ellis.
Rennie had an uncanny ability to slip into all kinds of social circles and his photographs are the ultimate story of life on the town.
He roamed our places: St Kilda Beach, the MCG, Swanston Street, Sidney Myer Music Bowl. He met superstars: Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones. He stood with crowds on the biggest days of the year: Melbourne Cup, the AFL Grand Final, the Boxing Day Test. He befriended people from all walks of life: athletes and celebrities, punks and protesters, beach goers and party lovers. And he captured it all on camera.voi



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VOID_MELBOURNE 
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Senja di Panjalu (Dusk in Panjalu)
Val WENS 
04 - 27 April 2024



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RMIT Gallery - Melbourne 
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Memo Akten, Amrita Hepi, Max Pinckers and Dries Depoorter, Rosa Menkman, Sara Oscar, J. Rosenbaum, Sebastian Schmieg and Alan Warburton
To 1 March to 4 May 2024
 
Photography is constantly dying and being reborn. AI represents the latest stage of photography’s transformation into a software output, cannibalising the camera and even transforming it into a set of executable text prompts. If it is now clear that photography is a kind of ‘program’, and that images are operational, actionable and scrapable, what does this mean for the future of the medium? Both an exploration and a provocation, this exhibition features work by Australian and international artists speculating on the social and political ramifications of photography’s afterlives. 

Wanderings About History – The Photography of Ulrich Wüst
Matthias Flügge
1 March 2024 to 20 April 2024

Ulrich Wüst’s photographic work captures his wanderings through German history, portraying the social and urban transformations from the GDR and its disintegration, through the German reunification to the present day. Wüst revives the German history in a new static way, where the past and present clash in a dynamic and ever-changing environment.  

Wanderings About History – The Photography of Ulrich Wüst shows a selection of nine suites taken between 1978 and 2019. Ulrich Wüst’s photographic work can be contemplated from different perspectives. While the observations captured here are rooted in Germany’s division and its mending, at the same time they always relate to universal phenomena of social change and its material manifestations. The seemingly terse images, extremely precise in their composition, are the fruits of lengthy visual wanderings through present sites of recent history.



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Shrine of Remembrance - Melbourne
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Trenches to Runway
to October 2024 At first glance, the world of fashion and the gravity of military service may appear distant, even disparate. Yet, they share a tapestry of connections that reveal themselves in profound ways.
 
Our latest exhibition explores the rich connections between the uniforms that once graced the battlefield and the iconic fashion staples we embrace today.
Trenches to Runway delves into the profound impact of military clothing design and wartime conditions on popular fashion, tracing these influences from the 1870s to the present day. Discover how wartime led to innovative design solutions and how the fashion industry reinterpreted these styles, giving them new meaning and expression in civilian life.
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Hellenic Museum - Melbourne
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ONEIROI
Bill Henson
Indefinately
 
ONEIROI sets out to inspire discussion about what it means to be custodians of an ancient past and captures the way in which our history, culture and art shape the way in which we make sense of our own world.



Vic Archives Centre - North Melbourne
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Collective City
Cathrin Plunkett, Francesca Donnoli, Gonzzalo Palta, Shiang Liew, Sally Coggle, Mark Davidson, Mike Reed, Nathan Coote, Andrew Wilson, Adam Sinclair, Jane Hinwood and Ilana Rose
This exhibition showcases historic photographs of Melbourne from the state and federal government archives, alongside images representing our city today, curated from submissions by contemporary street photographers. The exhibition explores the moments of joy and connection that happen in our public spaces, between friends, family and strangers. It also highlights the ways people can feel disconnected or lonely in a crowd, and the divisions created by inequity of access to services and public spaces.

NOTE: located at PMI 39 St Edmonds Road, Prahran



SOUTH OF MELBOURNE


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Pride Centre - St Kilda 
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male//chair
garrie maguire
to 27 April 2024
 
This photographic exhibition employs a simple set up, where each individual sits stripped of conventional gender or status signifiers, with a red kitchen chair. The camera serves as the audience, capturing the essence of each participant’s raw presentation. No names, no identities—just pure expression. This project aims to shift the power dynamic, allowing each participant to craft their own narrative, presenting themselves to you, the viewer, in their truest form. Through these images, garrie hopes to provide the viewer with glimpses into interpretations of maleness that occupy this city.



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Carlisle Street Arts Space - St Kilda 
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QUEER CONNECTIONS: CELEBRATING LGBTIQA+ HISTORY IN PORT PHILLIP
Various
2 February - 26 April 2024
 
Originally Melbourne's favourite seaside resort and playground, in the mid-20th century St Kilda transformed from a haven for the wealthy, to a significant place for those marginalised by mainstream society, including those who identify as LGBTIQA+. Over time the area has been the site for a variety of different venues, events and activities that have provided meaning and acceptance for such communities.



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Museum of Australian Photography - Monash 
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Melting icescape / black landscapes
Lingam.K
to 26 May 2024

Global warming is universal, and melting icescapes are one of the most visual indicators. As humans continue extractive and consumerist industries, our behaviours permanently affect the landscape, resulting in significant ecological impact – leaving an ineradicable ‘human signature’. Melting icescapes/black landscapes is a response to the glacial melt due to climate change. Using the alternative photographic processes of salt printing, the project captures the impending ecological collapse and encourages reflection on our relationship and impact on the landscape. It visually articulates the passing of time through the fading of the salt print and the effects of climate change on glacial landscapes.

Extraction
Edward Burtynsky
to 26 May 2024

Over the last forty years, Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky has photographed landscapes all over the world, documenting how human systems and industry are reshaping our planet. Through photographs of urbanisation, deforestation, and mining extractions, Burtynsky’s images are simultaneously sublime and terrifying, chronicling the insatiable demand for finite resources from a rapidly accelerating population.
In 2022, Burtynsky photographed Ravensworth Mine in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, an open cut mine producing coal for export. Presented through ten large-format photographs, these aerial images show the scale of active industry and seduce the viewer via sensual patterns and topography. The photographs provide vantages for discussion of the future of the environment. Whether the landscapes are seen as an environmental disaster or human progress, these works bear witness to the changing planet.


Tears of dust
Janet Laurence
to 26 May 2024

Janet Laurence’s immersive, multisensory installation Tears of dust reflects upon the fragility and power of the natural environment. Her intensely seductive and yet haunting evocations of the natural environment create encounters with our changing planet.

In this world premiere show, these wunderkammers (cabinets of curiosity) provide windows into our fragile ecosystem—of breathing forests, extreme weather events and dying glaciers—and offer a sense of connection with, and mourning of, our vanishing life world.

When encountering these familiar and yet otherworldly environments, we become profoundly aware of the interconnection of all life forms and the alchemical wonder of plants' ability to regenerate.


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Corben Mudjandi
to 26 May 2024

In 1982, the township of Jabiru was established around a uranium mining site, intended to house the mine’s workers—without the consensus of the Traditional Owners.

This exhibition features works by Mirrar Traditional Owner and visual artist Corben Mudjandi. The photographs capture his perspectives on Mirrar Country and his own community, displayed alongside images of the former uranium mining site at Jabiru.

The poetry and beauty of Corben’s works stand in contrast with the history concealed behind them. The images he offers address the dichotomy that exists between the impact of modern industries on the environment, and the resilience of Indigenous people in fostering values such as kinship, connection to Country and culture.

Renaissance: A Journey of Transformation
Sonia Payes
to 26 May 2024

In this site-specific installation across MAPh’s sculpture park, Sonia Payes embraces the sculptural possibilities of the photographic medium. Payes’ interpretation of possible futures examines the impact of human intervention on the planet.

These otherworldly and yet familiar landscapes may seem apocalyptic but they illustrate Payes’ unwavering faith in our species’ capacity to adjust and persevere. As individuals and as a collective human race, she believes we must consistently adapt to the ever-changing nature of our planet’s environment. The complexity of Payes’ imagery captures the planet’s ongoing process of transformation, offering poetic insights into humanity’s aspirations for the future of our environment, including those futures already determined.






WESTERN MELBOURNE 



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Footscray Community Arts 
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Indoors

Exquisite Corpse
Salote Tawale 
to 26 May 2024
 
The exhibition title Exquisite Corpse refers not only to the collaborative drawing game popularised by the surrealists (who in turn, appropriated Oceanic objects and ideas), but also to the cumulative migrant experience in post-colonial Australia.

Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black)
Derik Lynch (Yankunytjatjara) Matthew Thorne  
to 26 May 2024
 
The Marungka tjalatjunu (Dipped in black) is an autobiographical work, following queer Yankunytjatjara man Derik Lynch’s road trip back to Country for spiritual healing as memories from his childhood return—memories of his childhood, of growing up in remote Anangu Community, and of learning Tjukurpa.
This photographic series follows his journey from the oppression of white city life in Adelaide, back home to his remote Anangu Community Aputula to perform on sacred Inma ground.

Outdoors

Orange Grove
Clifford Prince King 
to 26 May 2024
 
Self-taught US artist Clifford Prince King documents his intimate relationships in traditional, everyday settings that speak to his experiences as a queer Black man. Orange Grove is a series of dark and handsome images, filled with King’s intricate portraits that flow like tapestries. King makes the everyday transparent while embracing possible futures, through a sense of fantasy and daydream. Woven into the narrative is King’s 2018 HIV diagnosis, and the subsequent shifts in the body that illness brings. As King describes, “The work I make is the work I wish I had seen growing up, to make my process and my understanding easier. That links back to the faces being hidden in some images, I think it allows for people to put themselves in that photograph.”


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The Hue and Cry Collective / The Analog(ue) Academy - Geelong
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Geelong Photographic Portrait Prize
Various
6 - 27 April 2024
The exhibition of the first Geelong Photographic Portrait Prize.



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Werribee Train Station 
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Affirm
Peter Waples-Crowe 
to 31 December 2024
 
Located within the architecture of Station Place, Peter Waples-Crowe’s site-based exhibition Affirm sits in the expansive window-based architrave and entrance to the subterranean hub of the Station. The artist has worked with his image-based archive—itself incorporating new and found imagery—moulded as raw material, often subverting the imagery’s original intents and purposes.



RURAL NORTH OF VICTORIA 

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Gold Street Gallery - Trentham East 
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Pennsylvania Home
Gregory Soltys
to 5th May 2024
 
“I grew up in the Laurel Highlands region of Southwestern Pennsylvania in a small town called Latrobe.  The Laurel Highlands is a popular area for hiking, fishing, camping, mountain biking, downhill and cross-country skiing, and other outdoor activities.  It’s also an area of stunning natural beauty.
I’ve not lived there for 35 years.  At 18 I left for college and then lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 25 years before moving to Melbourne 5 years ago.  I’d wanted to go back to visit my mom in June 2020, but the pandemic put a pause to that.  Thankfully I had the opportunity to go for six weeks in June/July 2022.  I was keen to capture the landscape of my youth with my Chamonix 4×5 camera.



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Art Gallery of Ballarat - Ballarat 
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Hai Kot Tou
Scotty So
to 2 June 2024
 
Scotty So is a Melbourne-based artist who works across media, using painting, photography, sculptures, site-responsive installation, videos and performance. Driven by the thrill of camp, he explores the often-contradictory relationship between humour and sincerity within lived experience to offer a glimpse of a future society that embraces difference. 
The exhibition features the premiere of a new video work paying tribute to the Begonia Queens who were a feature of Ballarat’s Begonia Festival from 1953 to 1993. Images from So’s series Hai Kot Tou will also be exhibited for the first time in Australia, in which the artist is photographed dressed in all fake items inspired by high-fashion brands, with matching grocery trolleys, echoing the head-to-toe monogram trend in Asia. 

The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

Nan Goldin
to 2 June 2024
 
The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is a defining artwork of the 1980s. Nan Goldin’s extended photographic study of her chosen family – her ‘tribe’ – began life as a slide show screened in the clubs and bars of New York where Goldin and her friends worked and played. The slide show was then distilled to a series of 126 photographs, which has recently become part of the National Gallery’s collection.
Goldin takes photographs to connect, to keep the people she loves in her memory. She is committed to the idea that photography can faithfully record a time and place, and do so in a way that has real social purpose. Using a documentary, snapshot style, she lays bare her life in the manner of a family album. We see her alongside her friends and lovers as they live their lives – hanging out, falling in and out of love, having children. But this is a community that would be decimated by HIV/AIDS and drug-related deaths. The Ballad has become as much a testament to how much Goldin and her community have lost, as it is a record of the look and feel of a past time.



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Castlemaine Art Museum - Castlemaine 
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Surrounding
Julie Millowick
to 16 June 2024

Millowick’s photographs show us the devastating effects of mining, drought, flood and invasive plants, but also remind us of the interconnectedness that links all parts of this ecosystem including its human occupants. This is a terrain which the artist loves, and which she sees with acute perception. It is a landscape full of complexity, a region with a terrible past, but in its capacity for renewal is also a place that offers a spark of hope for the future.

   
20/70 (Terrace Projection)
Michael Wolfe
to 26 May 2024

In the 1970s they were in their 20s, and now in the 2020s they’re in their 70s and beyond. Unlike some traditional professions, where a defined age often marks the end of a career, artists tend to continue creating as long as they’re able.

In photographic portraits by Castlemaine artist Michael Wolfe, featuring 21 visual artists over age 70 from Mount Alexander Shire, this exhibition projection 20/70 explores how an artist’s practice is both dynamic and in constant evolution. Just what does creativity, character and commitment count for across a lifetime as an artist?



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Horsham Regional Gallery - Horsham 
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AUSTRALIAN FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM THE COLLECTION
Various
To 16 June 2024

Women photographers in Australia have made significant contributions to visual storytelling through the camera lens. They capture diverse landscapes, insights into cultures and social dynamics; acquiring the essence of their subject matter from a unique perspective.

Australian Female Photographers invites viewers to consider the rich tapestry of our collective existence. This exhibition, a testament to the breadth and depth of Horsham’s collection, and the skill of photography in capturing the essence of the human experience.



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