Exhibitions at NGV National Gallery of Victoria International
Petrina Hicks: Bleached Gothic is the first major survey exhibition of photographer Petrina Hicks. Over her fifteen-year career, Hicks (1972– ) has gained a strong reputation for her large-scale, hyperreal photographs that subvert and disrupt the photographic language of advertising and portraiture. Hicks photographs children, animals and young women against simple backgrounds, returning to the same models and motifs frequently to define and hone her distinctive style.
Hicks’s phot… more
This exhibition comprises photographs by Australian photographer Polixeni Papapetrou (1961–2018) of her daughter Olympia, covering the period from Olympia’s birth (1997) until the artist’s death (2018). Throughout this time, Olympia played a particularly important role in the artist’s image making, assuming the complex roles of model and muse, collaborator and champion.
Following the birth of her daughter, Papapetrou’s work underwent a significant change. Her earl… more
Civilization: The Way We Live Now is an international photography exhibition of monumental scale, featuring the work of over 100 contemporary photographers from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe with over 200 original photographs being exhibited.
In this increasingly globalised world, the exhibition explores photographers’ representations of life in cities as its key theme and presents a journey through the shared aspects of life in the urban environment. The selected works cre… more
Contemporary Photography from China
Darren Sylvester: Carve a Future, Devour Everything, Become Something is the Melbourne-based contemporary artist’s first large-scale solo exhibition in a public institution. Bringing together works spanning the entire twenty years of his career, this exhibition is a timely and unique opportunity to review Sylvester’s practice and reveals his continued discussions on desirability, authenticity and mortality, all presented in a high-gloss finish.
Sylvester is a truly multidisciplinary… more
ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIETA ATTALI
130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists
This exhibition of new large-scale photographic works draws attention to the devastating impact, truth and reality of the colonisation and Christianisation of the Pacific. It issues from Semu’s deep interest in this epoch in human history, which witnessed the catastrophic collision of indigenous tribal worlds and colonial imperialism and the creation of great European history paintings.
The exhibition pivots on Semu’s work with a cast of indigenous actors in the Cook Islands in rest… more
Contemporary video from Latin America
Andreas Gursky (born 1955) is one of the world’s leading contemporary international artists. In essence, his photographs are concerned with the experience of life in a globalised world. Through a combination of enormous scale; the most precise pin-sharp detail; and bold use of colour, he systematically represents the individuals place within our complex, fast-paced consumer society. As Flash Art (2007) noted, Gursky scours global locations for scenes that explore 'thematic dichotomies of macro… more
Hugh Williamson's Legacy
Contemporary Australian Photography from the Loti Smorgon Fund
Photographs of the American Social Landscape 1930s–1970s