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Photo 2020 drops big line up

Photo 2020, Melbourne’s inaugural biennial photography festival, has unveiled 120 photographers participating in the festival, including 33 new artist commissions and an education partnership with Magnum Photos.

Photo 2020 is scheduled to run from April 23 until May 10, across 40 venues in Melbourne and regional hubs including NGV Australia, Monash Gallery of Art, Centre for Contemporary Photography and Koorie Heritage Trust.

Photo 2020 asked participating to respond to or ‘interrogate’ the festival’s theme – ‘the relationship between photography and truth in the post-internet age’.

The first major artist announcement unveils a massive bill – 120 photographers, including 70 Australians that includes a well-represented contingent of indigenous artists. So far it’s mostly just the artists’ names have been announced, with full program details to be delivered in March, 2020.

Photo 2020 has provided details regarding new commissions and the Magnum Photos partnership.

Magnum Photos will concoct a multiple photographer residency program at RMIT’s Project Space. Spanish documentary and conceptual photographer, Christina de Middel, and UK documentary photographer, Martin Parr, will both visit Melbourne to collaborate on a new work as part of the program. This will culminate in a pop-up exhibition to show at Photo 2020.

According to Wallpaper, Magnum Photos will run an ‘intensive series’ of lectures, workshops, and portfolio reviews, that aims to reach ‘outside of traditionally closed art circles and into the community at large’.

From the Photo 2020 blog:
‘Pertinent to the festival’s theme, de Middel’s work investigates photography’s ambiguous relationship to truth. Blending documentary and conceptual photographic practices, she plays with reconstructions and archetypes in order to build a more layered understanding of the subject she approaches. Parr’s term for the overwhelming power of published images is “propaganda”. Parr’s photographs offer the viewer the opportunity to see the world from his unique perspective, and he counters this propaganda with his own chosen weapons: criticism, seduction and humour.’

South African activist photographer, Zanele Muholi, has been commissioned to create a new work outside the Melbourne Town Hall.

Hlonipha, Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2016. Photo: Zanele Muholi.

‘For over a decade they have documented black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people’s lives in various townships in South Africa. Before their first major mid-career survey exhibition at Tate Modern at the end of April 2020, Muholi will create new work for PHOTO 2020 inspired by communities in Australia.’

The City of Melbourne is also supporting commissions by Victorian artists Kate Golding, Laura Delaney and Hayley Millar-Baker. Millar-Baker was awarded the inaugural Photography Fellowship – a collaboration between State Library Victoria and PHOTO 2020. Her work will focus on the history of Victoria from an Aboriginal perspective, weaving new narratives on old ‘truths’ by reconstructing written, verbal and visual histories from the library archives with her own photography and visual archive.

Australian Iranian award-winning photographer, Hoda Afshar, has been commissioned to create a new work exploring the issue of whistleblowing, ‘which in recent Australian history has been instrumental in giving voice to the otherwise unheard and ignored in immigration, aged care, youth detention and disability care’.

Parliament of Victoria will welcome its first ever photographer in residence – Melbournian, Eliza Hutchinson. ‘Through merging personal and public imagery, her practice investigates the way imagery is consumed in our current media-saturated environment. The personal and political blur together, exploring our complex psychological relationship to photography and visual culture.’

Australian photographer, Emma Phillips, has been selected as the photographer in residence for Metro Tunnel Creative Program. She will create ‘a visual portrait of Melbourne and its people’.

There’s more info found here.

The first artist announcement:
Hoda Afshar – Iran / Australia
Duha Ali and Justine Youssef
Brook Andrew – Wiradjuri / Celtic (Australia)
Emmanuelle Andrianjafy – Madagascar
Mathieu Asselin – France
Atong Atem – South Sudan / Australia
Ophelia Bakowski – Australia
Paola Balla – Wemba-Wemba / Gunditjmara (Australia)
Anthea Behm – USA
Jesse Boyd-Reid – Australia
Pat Brassington – Australia
Gabi Briggs – Anaiwan / Gumbangier
Broomberg & Chanarin – South Africa / UK
Arvida Byström – Sweden
Danica Chappell – Australia
Miriam Charlie – Garrawa / Yanyuwa (Australia)
Sim Chi Yin – Singapore
Peta Clancy – Bangerang (Australia)
Maree Clarke – Yorta Yorta / Wamba Wamba / Mutti Mutti / Boonwurrung (Australia)
Club Ate: Bhenji Ra and Justin Shoulder – Australia
Kenta Cobayashi – Japan
Michael Cook – Bidjara (Australia)
Sam Contis – USA
Georgina Cue – Australia
Caitlin Cummane – Australia
Nici Cumpston – Australia
Destiny Deacon – Kuku / Erub / Mer (Australia)
Laura Delaney – Australia
Cristina de Middel – Spain
Lauren Dunn – Australia
Laura El-tantawy – Egypt
Cherine Fahd – Australia
Jacqueline Felstead – Australia
Robert Fielding – Western Arrernte / Yankunytjatjara / Pitjantjatjara (Australia)
Yoshikatsu Fujii – Japan
Joan Fontcuberta – Spain
Forensic Architecture – UK
Mario Garcia Torres – Mexico
Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad – India
Amos Gebhardt – Australia
George Georgiou – UK
Gustavo Germano – Argentina
Ashley Gilbertson – Australia
Deanne Gilson – Wadawurrung (Australia)
Kate Golding – Australia
Nayuka Gorrie – Kurnai / Gunai / Gunditjmara / Wiradjuri / Yorta Yorta
Mike Gray – Australia
Janina Green – Australia
Jody Haines – Australia
Joe Hamilton – Australia
Felicity Hammond – UK
Elise Harmsen – Australia
Nanna Heitmann – Germany / Russia
Thomas Hirschhorn – Switzerland
Thibaut Henz – Belgium
Rhonda Holberton – USA
Heinrich Holtgreve – Germany
Eliza Hutchison – Australia
Artor Jesus Inkerö – Finland
Tristan Jallah – Australia
Fei Jun – China
Zhang Kechun – China
Shea Kirk – Australia
Nico Krijno – South Africa
Minstrel Kuik – Malaysia
Rosemary Laing – Australia
Tammy Law – Australia
Tori Lill – Australia
Amalia Lindo – USA
Dana Lixenberg – The Netherlands
Nunzio Madden – Slovenia / Australia
Ali McCann – Australia
Filippo Menichetti and Martin Errichiello – Italy
Rosa Menkman – The Netherlands
Hayley Millar-Baker – Gunditjmara (Australia)
Julie Millowick – Australia
Sarah Mosca – Australia
Kent Morris – Barkindji (Australia)
Zanele Muholi – South Africa
Phuong Ngo – Australia
James Nguyen – Australia
David Noonan – Australia
Lillian O’Neil – Australia
Dtarneen Onus-Williams – Yigar Gunditjmara / Bindal / Yorta Yorta
Sara Oscar – Australia
Rafaela Pandolfini – Australia
Luke Parker – Australia
Martin Parr – UK
Tyler Payne – Australia
Max Pinckers – Belgium
Debra Phillips – Australia
Emma Phillips – Australia
Agnieszka Polska – Poland
Meg Porteous – New Zealand
Hanna Putz – Austria
QueerTech.io – Australia
Aaron Christopher Rees – Australia
Jacky Redgate – Australia
Steven Rhall – Taungurung (Australia)
Tashara Roberts – Australia
Kiron Robinson – Australia
Emanuel Rodriguez – Costa Rica
Raphaela Rosella – Australia
David Rosetzky – Australia
Sara, Peter & Tobias – Denmark
Jana Schulz – Germany
Ann Shelton – New Zealand
Damien Shen – Ngarrindjeri (Australia)
Winnie Soon – Hong Kong
Alec Soth – USA
Andrzej Steinbach – Poland
Leyla Stevens – Australia / Bali
Alan Stewart – Taungurung (Australia) / Philippines
Maija Tammi – Finland
Thomas Taube – Germany
Simon Terrill – Australia
Yvonne Todd – New Zealand
James Tylor – Kaurna / Māori / European (Australia)
Pierra van Sparkes – Pibbulman (Australia)
Justine Varga – Australia
Dennese Victoria – Phillipines
Harley Weir – UK
Amanda Williams – Australia
Luke Willis Thompson – New Zealand / Fiji / UK
Grace Wood – Australia
Anne Zahalka – Australia
Emmaline Zanelli – Australia

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