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PHOTO 2020

PHOTO 2020 is a major new international festival of photography for Melbourne and Regional Victoria being delivered in collaboration with cultural institutions, museums, galleries and universities.

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PHOTO 2020 is a major new international festival of photography for Melbourne and Regional Victoria being delivered in collaboration with cultural institutions, museums, galleries and universities.

Taking place every two years, the festival will address the major issues of our time in a program of new artist commissions, exhibitions, talks, film screenings, masterclasses, education programs and awards. Presenting ideas critical to contemporary photographic discourse, PHOTO encourages the public to engage with and think about photography and visual culture in new and inspiring ways.

The inaugural festival, PHOTO 2020, runs from 23 April to 10 May 2020 and is being delivered in collaboration with over 25 cultural institutions, museums, galleries and universities. It is a time for the sector across the country to come together, and to foster international exchange.

PHOTO 2020 will explore the relationship between photography and truth. Photography is intrinsically and infinitely subjective, and the choices photographers make shape how we view the world. Today the relationship between what we see and what we believe is more complex than ever. PHOTO 2020 will investigate how photography is both implicit in, and critical of, shifting notions of truth.

With your support, we will launch an International Photography Festival which we hope will become the world’s leading photography festivals. We aim to bring together the sector, provide a platform for international exchange and assert Melbourne’s position as a global hub for culture, photography and visual art. We are committed to working with the very best artists from Australia and overseas, and supporting the commissioning of new work.

Your donation to PHOTO 2020 will support our work delivering a world class artistic program and a dynamic and robust series of events and education programs. Your donation will also allow us to start planning our artist development programs and commission new work for PHOTO 2022. We appreciate your leadership in supporting our longer term programming.

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PHOTO is a major new international biennial of photography for Melbourne and Regional Victoria.

Bringing together the most exciting photography, people and ideas from across Australia and overseas, PHOTO addresses the major issues of our times in a festival of international significance. Presenting ideas critical to contemporary photographic discourse, PHOTO encourages the public to engage with and think about photography and visual culture in new and inspiring ways. The first edition, PHOTO 2020, will take place from 23 April to 10 May 2020 and will be delivered in collaboration with cultural institutions, museums, galleries and universities. In addition, a series of new artworks will be commissioned by PHOTO and presented directly on the streets of Melbourne.

Under the artistic direction of Elias Redstone, PHOTO 2020 will explore the complex relationship between photography and the truth in the digital age. With over 15 years experience in the arts sector, Elias has a track record of initiating and delivering innovative cultural programs in collaboration with leading institutions such as the Barbican Art Gallery, MoMA and Storefront for Art and Architecture. He was the curator of the Polish Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale and senior curator at the Architecture Foundation, London. He has edited publications for Prestel, Sternberg Press and Bedford Press, and acted as a contributing editor for Arena Homme Plus and GQ Style. His book Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography is published by Phaidon.