The inaugural PHOTO 2021 Festival is underway across Melbourne and regional Victoria, with large scale photo works prominently displayed in outdoor areas and galleries, now until 7 March. Some highlights of the second week of the festival include book launches, PHOTO Walks and a fun guided cycling tour:
PHOTO Editions is a new series of photobooks co-published by PHOTO Australia and Perimeter Editions. The first photobook; Emma Phillips: ‘Send Me a Lullaby’, will be launched at PHOTO 2021. Join publisher Dan Rule, designer Ziga Testen and Emma Phillips in conversation about her photobook ‘Send Me a Lullaby’, and the intricacies and challenges involved in its design and publication on Sunday 28 February, 4pm.
‘Send Me a Lullaby’ is a love letter to a city undergoing immense change, created during a period of both urban transformation and global upheaval. Emma Phillips was commissioned by Photo Australia to make a photographic portrait of Melbourne in the lead up to PHOTO 2021. The resulting project is a reflection on connection, navigation and time, and the constantly evolving relationship between people and place. Phillips’ photographs contemplate urban, domestic and psychological space. Weaving into this series are portraits of people Phillips has come across in Melbourne, capturing a living, breathing city as it responds to the fallout of bushfires and a pandemic. These disparate photographs taken across different seasons construct a dialogue between some of the city’s component parts—homes, shops, parks, streets—with archaeological objects from beneath the city, offering myriad stories to uncover and tell. This project has been supported by Hillvale.
New York-based photographer David Rothenberg is the winner of the inaugural PHOTO 2021 x Perimeter International Photobook Prize. His book Roosevelt Station (Perimeter), will launch at PHOTO 2021. The launch will feature a recorded conversation between Rothenberg and writer and curator David Campany, who contributes an essay to the publication. Taking place at Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy on Sunday 28 February at 11.30am.
PHOTO WALKS is a series of guides walks by artists (Free, bookings required):
Accompany artist Kate Golding on a walking tour of her project ‘Near this spot’ and the nearby site of Cooks’ Cottage. Kate will discuss her project which responds, in part, to the cottage on Saturday 6 March, 11am.
Meet Taungurung / Filipino photographer Alan Stewart and learn about his Metro Tunnel Creative Program commission our truth, our history. Afterwards, visit nearby projects by Hayley Millar-Baker, and other artists on Saturday 6 March, 2pm.
For PHOTO Ride, jump on a bike and get cycling with PHOTO 2021 Producer Brendan McCleary, in this fun, guided cycling tour of PHOTO 2021’s outdoor works on Sunday 7 March, 11am.
Learn about Melbourne-based artist Laura Delaney’s urban scale PHOTO 2021 commission, The Rise and Fall, and visit nearby artworks by Eliza Hutchison and Heinrich Holtgreve on Sunday 7 March, 2pm.
About PHOTO 2021
PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography is a new major photographic event in Melbourne and Regional Victoria. The festival addresses the major issues of our time in a program of free exhibitions, outdoor displays and artist commissions across the city, as well as workshops, education programs and awards. The inaugural festival, PHOTO 2021, runs from Thursday 18 February to Sunday 7 March 2021.
Image credit: Emma Phillips, from the series ‘Send me a Lullaby’, 2021. Courtesy ReadingRoom. Commissioned by Photo Australia for PHOTO 2021.