Birrarung Lightboxes

29 April 2022 - 31 July 2022
Image: Naomi Hobson, [Fish Boys] (detail), 2022, from the series [Adolescent Wonderland]. Commissioned by Photo Australia for PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography. Courtesy the artist.

Image: Naomi Hobson, Fish Boys (detail), 2022, from the series Adolescent Wonderland. Commissioned by Photo Australia for PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography. Courtesy the artist.


29 April 2022 - 31 July 2022


Southbank Promenade (outdoor) [i]
Southbank Promenade, Southbank
24 hrs




Wheelchair access



Positioned along Southbank Promenade, on the banks of the Birrarung, six artists present work on lightboxes that tell stories of our relationship with water, ranging from Australian adolescence to the politics of water.

Naomi Hobson’s series Adolescent Wonderland tells the stories of young Aboriginal people living on the Coen River in Cape York Peninsula. Highlighting her subjects in vivid colour against greyscale backgrounds, Hobson plays on the dreamlike inner lives of teenagers everywhere. Worimi man Dean Cross takes us to his family farm on Ngunnawal/Ngambri Country for his series of Polaroids, simultaneously intimate, nostalgic and inescapably political.

London-based, Hungarian-born Marton Perlaki’s idiosyncratic and playful portraits and still-lives invite audiences to interpret their visual clues; Patrick Pound repurposes found images, here focusing on human interaction with water; Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose explores post-apartheid South Africa through beach culture; and Melbourne-based duo The Huxleys explore the gender fluid nature of sea creatures in a playful reflection on identity constructions.

Commissioned by Photo Australia and the City of Melbourne

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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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