Photo 2020 International Festival of Photography

Thu 23rd April, 2020 – Sun 10th May, 2020
Multiple
At this major new photography biennale, see works from more than 120 local and international artists across Melbourne and regional Victoria.

The theme for the inaugural Photo 2020 invites artists, curators, writers and academics to interrogate the relationship between photography and truth in the post-internet age. Each photographer’s work will reflect what the truth means to them.

Expect to see new and inspiring works from more than 120 Australian and international artists, including more than 33 new commissions. They’ll be on display across 40 cultural institutions, museums, galleries and outdoor sites. And in the name of accessibility, all of the festival’s exhibitions and outdoor programs will be free.

Two globally known documentary photographers – Spain’s Cristina de Middel and Britain’s Martin Parr – will create new work in Melbourne throughout the festival that will form a pop-up exhibition. Danish collective Sara, Peter and Tobias will present an installation that explores how artificial intelligence, robotics and simulation theory shape our understanding of reality.

South African visual artist and photographer Zanele Muholi, whose work documents LGBTIA+ communities in townships across South Africa, has been commissioned for an exhibit outside Melbourne Town Hall. It comes before a major mid-career survey exhibition at London’s Tate Modern at the end of April.

A new commission by Gunditjmara artist Hayley Millar-Baker will focus on the history of Victoria from an Indigenous perspective. With her photography, she'll weave new narratives around old “truths” by reconstructing written, verbal and visual histories from the State Library’s archives.

Melburnians have been invited to submit their (professional-quality) portraits as part of global participatory art project Inside Out, which has travelled all over the world. Up to 1000 entrants’ portraits will be printed and pasted up in a public CBD location.

There’ll also be free exhibitions at public galleries such as NGV Australia, Monash Gallery of Art, Centre for Contemporary Photography and more. Plus, talks, film screenings, masterclasses, education programs and awards.

More information here.