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Photo Live: Online Artist Talks

POSTED: 04 October 2021

Watch back the PHOTO LIVE series of talks, highlighting the importance of centring black, Indigenous, feminist, queer and other marginalised voices and storytelling in photography


Ten free online conversations between artists, photographers and curators from Australia, exploring ideas of identity and belonging in the context of human rights, representation, and social justice. These events are part of an international season of PHOTO LIVE talks presented by Photo Australia in collaboration with Autograph.  This program highlights the importance of centring black, Indigenous, feminist, queer and other marginalised voices and storytelling in photography.

These talks are part of our exhibition Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other and are taking place in the lead up to PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography (29 April – 22 May 2022).

Please note, Silvia Rosi's conversation with Pippa Milne is no longer available to watch back.

Ope Lori x Shaune Lakin

Artist Ope Lori (UK) discusses her work with Shaune Lakin, Head Curator of International Art, National Gallery of Australia.

Phuong Ngo x Salma Tuqan

Artist Phuong Ngo (Australia) in conversation with Salma Tuqan, Deputy Director, Delfina Foundation (UK).

Dean Cross x Mark Sealy

Dean Cross (Australia) discusses his artistic practice with Mark Sealy, Director at Autograph.

Sonal Kantaria x Torika Bolatagici

Artist Sonal Kantaria (UK) in conversation about her practice with Torika Bolatagici, artist and senior lecturer at Deakin University (Australia).

Scotty So x Mariama Attah

Artist Scotty So (Australia) in conversation with Mariama Attah, Curator at Open Eye Gallery (UK).

Ying Ang x Katrina Schwarz

Artist Ying Ang (Australia) in conversation with Katrina Schwarz, Curator of the 2022 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, The Photographers’ Gallery, London (UK).

Mohini Chandra x Shivanjani Lal

Mohini Chandra (UK) discusses her artistic practice with independent curator Shivanjani Lal (Australia).

Atong Atem x Zoé Whitley

Artist Atong Atem (Australia) discusses her work with Dr Zoé Whitley, Director, Chisenhale Gallery (UK).

Othello De'Souza-Hartley x Andy Butler

Artist Othello De'Souza-Hartley (UK) talks to Andy Butler, Acting Artistic Director, West Space (Australia).

about Photo Australia


Photo Australia produces PHOTO International Festival of Photography in Melbourne and across regional Victoria. Delivered in collaboration with over 40 cultural institutions, museums, galleries and universities, the Festival features free exhibitions, outdoor displays and artist commissions, alongside events and education programs. The Festival invites artists, curators, writers, academics and audiences to interrogate the major issues of our time through a central theme. The theme for PHOTO 2022 is ‘Being Human’ and the Festival will run from 29 April to 22 May 2022.

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Join our other upcoming PHOTO LIVE events

Coming up: six more conversations with artists, including Scotty So, Sonal Kantaria, Ying Ang, Mohini Chandra, Atong Atem and Othello De'Souza-Hartley.

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This program is part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22—a collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. The theme of the Season is ‘Who Are We Now?’ and will reflect on the shared history, current relationship and imagine the future of the two nations.

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Images, from top: 1) Atong Atem, Sahara [detail], 2020. Courtesy the artist and MARS Gallery. 2) PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography Install: Broomberg & Chanarin, Spirit is a Bone, 2013 Photo: J Forsyth.