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Global photo fest creates epic outdoor art trail

16 February 2024

Follow a free trail of spectacular photographic art that weaves through Melbourne’s iconic landmarks and laneways this March.

We’re supporting PHOTO Australia to present the third edition of its award-winning biennale, working in partnership with some of our city’s leading museums and galleries.

PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography will present 100 free exhibitions and installations across Victoria, showcasing more than 150 diverse local and international artists, including many female-identifying and First Nations photographers.

This year’s theme is: ‘The Future Is Shaped by Those Who Can See It’.

The program invites audiences to glimpse possible and parallel futures, and how current actions are shaping future realities – from AI-generated images and surveillance evasion to climate futures and animal espionage.

A large photographic installation showing palm tree rigged with telecommunications equipment
Kaya & Blank’s Second Nature artwork, installed outside Melbourne Town Hall for PHOTO 2024, explores cell-tower camouflage and raises fundamental questions about the relationship between humans and nature

“The world has changed immeasurably in recent years and what lies ahead is far from certain,” said Elias Redstone, Founder and Artistic Director of the festival.

“At PHOTO 2024, visionary artists and photographers are sharing their insights of the world as it is today to raise questions about what lies in store for us tomorrow.”

Alongside the artworks, PHOTO 2024 will host curated talks, tours, workshops, discussions, film screenings, celebrations and experiences. Explore the full program at photo.org.au

Highlights of PHOTO 2024 at iconic CBD locations

An image of a palm tree used as a telecommunications tower
Another image from Kaya & Blank’s Second Nature series, which you can see outside Melbourne Town Hall throughout March

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