PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography

PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography presents an art trail of 100 free exhibitions and outdoor installations featuring the work of over 150 contemporary Australian and international photographers and artists across seven festival precincts in Melbourne and five cities in regional Victoria from 1 to 14 March, accompanied by tours, talks, film screenings, and workshops.

Addressing the theme ‘The Future Is Shaped by Those Who Can See It’, PHOTO 2024’s program invites audiences to discover the possible and parallel futures that lie ahead and how current actions are shaping future realities, from AI-generated images and surveillance evasion to climate futures and animal espionage.

Malick Sidibé, NUIT DE NOËL (HAPPY CLUB), 1963. Courtesy Gallery FIFTY ONE, Belgium and PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography, Melbourne

This year, the festival presents ten new commissions by Australian artists Jemima Wyman, Angela Tiatia, Amos Gebhardt, Zoe Croggon, Elisa Carmichael, Sammaneh Pourshafighi, Jo Duck, and Kenton/Davey. Additional highlights include PHOTO 2024’s Icons of Photography exhibitions: Nan Goldin’s series The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, documenting intimacy and pain in the New York underground, and a monumental twenty-metre photograph by Goldin capturing an intimate moment of her parents kissing; an immersive exhibition re-imagining Rennie Ellis’ image archive of Melburnians in the 70s and 80s; and the first Australian exhibition of Malian photographer Malick Sidibé.

Enjoy presentations by First Nations artists and photographers Tony Albert, Maree Clarke, Julie Gough, Peta Clancy, Jody Haines, Corben Mudjandi, Tace Stevens, and more; view new solo exhibitions by established Australian women photographers, including Rosemary Laing, Debra Phillips, Janet Laurence, Julie Millowich, Jill Orr, and Anne Zahalka; and rediscover seven images that changed the course of history, a testament to the power of the medium to both record history and shape the future.

Plan your visit over four PHOTO weekends.

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