Photo 2022: International Festival of Photography

Fri 29th April, 2022 – Sun 22nd May, 2022
Photo 2022: International Festival of Photography
Various Melbourne locations
From ACMI to the Old Melbourne Gaol, this year’s festival takes place across a range of iconic Melbourne sites, galleries and institutions.

It only happens every two years – so don’t miss it this time around. Photo 2022, International Festival of Photography, the second edition of the International Festival of Photography biennale in Melbourne, is happening from Friday April 29 to Sunday May 22.

Featuring 123 artists and photographers, 90 exhibitions, 50 world premieres and 24 specially commissioned projects, this year’s festival – themed “Being Human” – celebrates local and international artists across a range of Melbourne locations. Expect to find large-scale outdoor installations at iconic sites including Parliament House and the Old Melbourne Gaol courtyard, as well as exhibitions at 38 galleries including ACMI, NGV Australia, and so many more.

International artists featured in Photo 22 include Gillian Wearing (UK), Paul Mpagi Sepuya (US), Mohamed Bourouissa (DZ/FR), Vasantha Yogananthan (FR), Aziz Hazara (AF), Martine Gutierrez (US), Massimo Vitali (IT), Florian Hetz (DE), Philip Montgomery (MX/US) and Luo Yang (CN), among many others. The festival also features new commissions by renowned and up-and-coming Australian artists including Atong Atem, Naomi Hobson, Dean Cross, Ying Ang, Hannah Brontë, Scotty So, Madeline Bishop, Anu Kumar and Patrick Pound.

Elsewhere, you’ll find large-scale lightboxes along Southbank Promenade; an audio-visual installation by Bidjara artist Christian Thompson in the former courtyard of the old Melbourne Gaol; an epic work by Jenny Lewis across 100 metres of Metro Tunnel construction hoarding; and the first exhibition of Hoda Ashfar’s Speak the Wind at Monash Gallery of Art.

Visitors to the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Parliament Gardens and Prahran Square will find exhibitions by local and international queer photographers; while over at the Old Treasury Building steps, view James Henry’s portraits of Kulin Nation Elders. For the best in emerging talent, make sure you head along to the New Photographers showcase at James Makin Gallery in Fitzroy.

And as if that’s not enough to keep you busy – two photographic icons are being honoured at this year’s festival. Helmut Newton: In Focus, at the Jewish Museum of Australia: Gandel Centre of Judaica, reveals the extraordinary life of world-renowned fashion photographer Helmut Newton; while influential American artist Cindy Sherman will be honoured with the festival’s largest individual artwork to date on the facade of a building in Fed Square.

Entry to the majority of the festival is free, excluding the Helmut Newton exhibition and special festival tours.

Taking place this weekend, the Photobook Weekend will include casual talks and panel discussions, the Photobook Market, Portfolio reviews, social book launches, book signings and and many more here

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