PHOTO 2021: The Truth | International Festival of Photography

‘PHOTO 2021’ is a brand new international festival of photography. Originally scheduled to run in April 2020, the festival’s destiny took a turn during COVID-19 and will be inaugurating the showcase from 18 February to 7 March with a series of free events across multiple venues from the streets and galleries of Melbourne to regional Victoria. ‘PHOTO 2021’ includes online public programs across the ‘Photo Live’ and ‘Photo Ideas’ channels, as well as a number of outdoor commissions presented by virtual tour opening the festival up to global audiences. Over 120 artists using photography to tell their stories will be on view across 65 cultural institutions, museums and galleries, at outdoor spaces, on billboards and on large bespoke structures at some of the City’s most iconic locations like Federation Square, State Library Victoria, the Parliament of Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Garden, the Immigration Museum, Argyle Square on Lygon Street and others.

Atong Atem, Achol, 2020. Courtesy the artist and MARS Gallery, Melbourne

In the mix are new commissions responding to the theme of ‘Truth’ by Australian and international artists such as Zanele Muholi (South Africa), Sam Contis (USA), Hoda Afshar (Iran/Australia), Brook Andrew (Wiradjuri/Celtic, Australia), Patrick Waterhouse (UK), Daniel Shea (USA), Yvonne Todd (NZ), Hayley Millar-Baker (Gunditjmara, Australia) and Atong Atem (South Sudan/Australia).

Mark Henry, Chair of PHOTO 2021 says, ‘PHOTO 2021 is an opportunity to promote the arts as a vehicle to bring about social change, stimulate discourse and promote a sense of community in our contemporary societies.’ Explore the full program on the ‘PHOTO 2021’ website.