Being, Human Being: UFO Photography

22 April 2022 - 21 May 2022
Image: Ronnie van Hout, [Found UFO Image], 2015. Courtesy of Bus Projects, Melbourne

Image: Ronnie van Hout, Found UFO Image, 2015. Courtesy of Bus Projects, Melbourne


22 April 2022 - 21 May 2022


Gertrude Glasshouse [i]
44 Glasshouse Rd, Collingwood
Thu – Sat, 12pm – 5pm




Wheelchair access



The capture of encounters with UFOs has long relied upon the medium of photography to offer evidence of phenomena suggesting the potential of life beyond our planet.

With anchor points in a number of works by artists as well as scientists, amateur astronomers and existential enthusiasts, this exhibition draws on the public fascination with conspiracy theories around encounters with unidentified aerial phenomena to consider the implausibility of Earth as the sole context for intelligent life. Through an expanded open call process, Being, Human Being provides a forum drawing on and consolidating unique encounters from across the globe that consider the potential of life beyond our understanding.

Presented in a manner more akin to a laboratory than an art exhibition, the project is a space of discovery, but also a platform for supportive discussion and the sharing of experiences that expand our sense of human existentialism

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  • Mark Feary

    Mark Feary is the Artistic Director of Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. He has worked within the visual art sector for fifteen years in a range of contemporary art centres, universities, museumsand artist-led initiatives, with an emphasis on contemporary art and almost exclusively within the not-for-profit sector. Feary has worked in curatorial and programming roles at Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; Artspace, Sydney; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; and West Space, Melbourne.

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.

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