PHOTO 2024 Open Call: Meet the Jury
The PHOTO 2024 Open Call presents an exciting opportunity for artists, at all levels of accomplishment, to exhibit work as part of an award-winning photography biennial. Applications are assessed by a panel of curatorial experts from a range of notable institutions throughout the world including MoMA, New York; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. All submissions by First Nations artists are also reviewed by Photo Australia's First Nations Advisory Committee.
Furthermore, these curators bring their expertise to provide guidance to the wider PHOTO 2024 program, ensuring the biennial is connected to the most exciting artistic practice and ideas from across Australia and around the world.
Read more about the PHOTO 2024 Open Call here.
Read more about Photo Australia’s First Nations Advisory Committee here.
Mariama Attah | Head of Exhibitions, Open Eye Gallery LOOK Photo Biennial, Liverpool, UK
Mariama Attah is a photography curator, writer and lecturer with a particular interest in overlooked histories, and understanding how photography and visual culture can be used to amplify under-represented voices. Mariama is Head of Exhibitions at Open Eye Gallery and LOOK Biennial, Liverpool. She was previously Assistant Editor of Foam Magazine. Prior to this, she was Curator of Photoworks, where she was responsible for developing and curating Brighton Photo Biennial and was Commissioning and Managing Editor of Photoworks Annual.
Daniel Boetker-Smith | Director, Centre for Contemporary Photography | Founder, Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, Melbourne
Daniel Boetker-Smith is the is the Director of the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, and the Founder of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive. He was previously Dean of Studies at Photography Studies College and is a regular contributor to a range of Australian and international print and online publications.
Léuli Eshrāghi | Artist, Writer and Researcher, Australia and Canada
Léuli Eshrāghi (Sāmoan/Persian/Cantonese ancestry) is active in Australia, Hawaiʻi, Canada and Europe across various forms of creativity. They intervene in display territories to prioritize global Indigenous and Asian diasporic visuality, sensual and spoken languages, and ceremonial-political practices. In 2022, Eshrāghi presented new work at Tate Modern, London; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; and Centre d’Exposition de l’Université de Montréal. They are Curatorial Researcher in Residence at University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, and Curator of TarraWarra Biennial 2023: ua usiusi faʻavaʻasavili at TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville.
Lucy Gallun | Associate Curator, The Peter Schub, The Robert B. Menschel Department of Photography and The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Lucy Gallun is The Peter Schub Associate Curator of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. In her over 12 years at MoMA, Lucy has curated three iterations of the Museum’s New Photography exhibition series and two iterations of the Elaine Dannheisser Projects exhibition series, among many other projects. Lucy was co-editor and contributing author of Photography at MoMA, a three-volume history of photography at the Museum, and has contributed to numerous publications within and outside MoMA. Her most recent MoMA title is Robert Frank: Trolley—New Orleans, part of the Museum’s One on One book series.
Clare Grafik | Head of Exhibitions, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK
Clare Grafik is Head of Exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery, London. She has worked in public institutions including the ICA, Whitechapel, Hayward Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. At The Photographers’ Gallery she has worked on exhibitions with Lise Sarfati, Isa Genzken, Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel, Taryn Simon, Katy Grannan, Antoine D’Agata, Zineb Sedira and Keith Arnatt. Group shows include The Photographic Object (2009), Perspectives on Collage (2013) and Double Take: Photography & Drawing (2016).
Varun Gupta | Co-Founder and Biennale Director, Chennai Photo Biennale, India
Varun Gupta is a commercial photographer, serial entrepreneur, digital strategist and a lover of analogue photography who co-founded Chennai Photo Biennale in 2015. His alma maters include Light & Life Academy and the College of Wooster, US. In 2006, he founded Travelling Lens – a company that conducted specialised photography workshops and holidays in remote areas of India. In 2010, Varun began work with Art Chennai (a city-wide arts event) to manage their photography exhibitions with a focus on public engagement through which they organised large exhibitions in train stations and beaches in Chennai. Photo Seva is one of his long-term portraiture projects where he travels to make portraits of local communities across India with a large-format camera and B&W film. Varun is based in Chennai, India.
Shaune Lakin | Head Curator of International Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Shaune Lakin is Senior Curator, Photography at the National Gallery of Australia. Previous roles include Gallery Director, Monash Gallery of Art and Senior Curator of Photography at the Australian War Memorial. Shaune’s curatorial projects are usually collaborative, often with colleague Anne O’Hehir, and tend to focus on the histories of feminist photography in Australia. Recent projects include the book Fugitive Text with Peter Maloney, which opens up an archive of the artist’s overpainted photographs produced at the height of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Brendan McCleary | Curator, PHOTO 2024, Melbourne
Brendan McCleary is the Curator at Photo Australia and is curating PHOTO 2024’s outdoor program. He has worked with artists such as Cindy Sherman, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Thandiwe Muriu, Mohamed Bourouissa and Vasantha Yogananthan at PHOTO 2022, and Zanele Muholi, Hoda Afshar, Brook Andrew and Maree Clarke at PHOTO 2021. Previously he worked as a Producer for MPavilion, stage managed events for White Night Melbourne, Dark Mofo and Melbourne Music Week, and in 2017 worked for the Australia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. As an independent curator, Brendan has worked with a number of Australian and international artists including Carolee Schneemann and Allora & Calzadilla.
Pippa Milne | Senior Curator, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
Pippa Milne is Senior Curator at Monash Gallery of Art and has previously held curatorial positions at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane and Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne. Recent exhibitions include Hoda Afshar: Speak the Wind (2022), Not Standing Still: New Approaches in Documentary Photography (2021), Bill Henson: the light fades but the gods remain (2019), and An Unorthodox Flow of Images (2017).
Alona Pardo | Curator, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
Alona Pardo is a curator at Barbican Art Gallery, London. Recent exhibitions include Masculinities (2020), Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins (2018), Richard Mosse: Incoming (2017) and Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers (2016), curated with Martin Parr.
Isobel Parker Philip | Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Isobel Parker Philip is Senior Curator of Contemporary Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Recent shows include Imprint: Photography and the Impressionable Image (2016), New Matter: Recent Forms of Photography (2016–17), and Hold Still: The Photographic Performance (2018). In 2017 Isobel was the coordinating curator of Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium and is AGNSW’s representative curator for the 2019 edition of The National: New Australian Art.
Sophia Sambono, Associate Curator, Indigenous Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and Indigenous Collections at the National Film and Sound Archive.
Sophia Nampitjimpa Sambono is a Jingili woman with family connections from Elliot/Newcastle Waters to Darwin, Daly River and the Tiwi Islands. She is the Associate Curator, Indigenous Australia Art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) where she is working on a number of exhibitions opening in 2024, including the 11th Asia Pacific Triennale. Prior to QAGOMA Sophia curated exhibitions for kuril dhagun at the State Library of Queensland and as Curator of Indigenous Collections at the National Film and Sound Archive.
Susan Van Wyk | Senior Curator of Photography, NGV, Melbourne
Susan van Wyk is the Senior Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Victoria. Since joining the NGV, she has worked on more than seventy exhibitions of Australian and international photography. Over a thirty-year career Susan has written several books, numerous catalogues, and contributed to journals and magazines on photography. In addition to her role at the NGV, Susan has previously served as a board member of the Substation Contemporary Art Space, on the Exhibitions Committee at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, and the School of Art Advisory Committee and the Photography Advisory Committee at RMIT.