Photo Live: Ope Lori

Wed 22 Sept 2021 | 11am - 12pm London | 8 - 9pm Melbourne

In partnership with Photo Australia

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Join artist Ope Lori in conversation about her work with Shaune Lakin, Head Curator of International Art, National Gallery of Australia.

This event is part of an international season of PHOTO LIVE talks presented by Photo Australia, Melbourne in collaboration with Autograph. The ten free online conversations between artists, photographers and curators from Australia and the UK will explore ideas of identity and belonging in the context of human rights, representation, and social justice. 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).

about the artist


Ope Lori

Ope Lori (b. 1984, London, UK) works across visual arts, activism and academia, using lens-based media to investigate politics of difference, often in relation to cultural and sexual identity. Her research-led practice, which includes writing as well as image-making, invites viewers to question power dynamics in both private and public spheres, routinely challenging societal stereotypes and myths. Lori is the author of the forthcoming book, Beyond the Feminine: The Politics of Skin Colour and Gender in Visual Representations (Bloomsbury, 2022) and the Director of PILAA (Pre-Image Learning And Action), an arts and diversity company that she founded in 2015. Her work has been exhibited at La Fondation Blachére, Apt; Santorini Biennale of the Arts (2012); 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, London; and Beaconsfield Gallery, London.

You can see more of Lori's work on her website.

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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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) Ope Lori, film still [detail] from The Lines Between Us, 2020. © and courtesy the artist, commissioned by Autograph for Care | Contagion | Community – Self & Other. 2) Courtesy Ope Lori. 3) PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography Install: Broomberg & Chanarin, Spirit is a Bone, 2013 Photo: J Forsyth.

Discover more images, from top left: 1) Silvia Rosi, from Neither Could Exist Alone [detail], 2020. © and courtesy the artist, commissioned by Autograph for Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other. 2) Mohini Chandra, film still [detail] from: Belated, 2020. © and courtesy the artist. Commissioned by Autograph for Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other. 3, 4 and 5) Ope Lori, film stills [details] from The Lines Between Us / I, Becoming You, 2020. © and courtesy the artist, commissioned by Autograph for Care | Contagion | Community – Self & Other. 6) Poulomi Desai, from Our cultures are the portals - the gateways between one world and the next, 2020, © and courtesy the artist, commissioned by Autograph for Care I Contagion I Community – Self & Other.