PHOTO 2021


PHOTO 2021 'The Truth' explores the veracity of the photographic image in a time of social media, fake news, and artificial intelligence.

Working with local and international partners, the Festival is committed to commissioning new work, providing opportunities for artists to develop their practice and reach new audiences, and presenting an outdoor program of artworks in unexpected sites across Melbourne, from streets and laneways to the Parliament of Victoria and the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

Artist Brook Andrew’s video work SMASH IT will feature at Prahran Square in a customised shipping container, wrapped with Andrew’s personal mantra – NGAJUU NGAAY NGINDUUGIRR – Wiradjuri for ‘I see you’. 

The work brings together imagery of the destruction and defacement of monuments, old films and news stories. Throughout, there are excerpts from the artist’s interviews with Indigenous intellectuals and creatives, about cultural protocols and the artist’s earlier video work The Pledge

The title is a reference to the history of smashing and defacing monuments which has particular resonance today. The artist interweaves, reveals and disrupts primitivist narratives and right-wing extremist thought which continue to influence our lives. The work is created as a form of digital collage, including a hypnotic soundtrack, with materials sourced from the Internet, the Smithsonian Institute’s collections, and Andrew’s extensive archive of printed materials. The work was created during a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2017 and is edited in collaboration with Giacomo Sanzani. 


  • Sunday, 21 February 2021 | 12:00 PM - Sunday, 07 March 2021 | 06:00 PM


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