PHOTO LIVE with Peta Clancy


Peta Clancy is a descendent of the Bangerang people from south-eastern Australia. Through her photographic work she explores hidden histories of colonisation, events which threatened the survival of my ancestors. Peta was in conversation with Clare Needham, curator of the Bendigo Art Gallery exhibition 'The Burning World' on Thursday 24 September. Part of PHOTO 2021's expanded program, this exhibition brings together major works by four leading Australian artists Hoda Afshar, Peta Clancy, Rosemary Laing and Michael Cook that draw upon colonial histories, fact and fiction, to consider the landscape as an amorphous political site.


Peta Clancy is a descendant of the Bangerang people from south-eastern Australia. Her photographs explore notions of the real and the perceived, and seek to challenge the viewer to focus on what might never have been noticed. She was awarded the 2018 Fostering Koorie Art and Culture grant from Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne, to research massacre sites on Dja Dja Wurrung and Bangerang Country. Her current work investigates these hidden histories in the landscape. Clancy lectures at Monash Art, Design & Architecture, Monash University, Melbourne. Her collaborative project with Helen Pynor, The Body is a Big Place (2011), explored organ transplantation and life–death thresholds.

Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March