Talk: Documenting Trauma

Image: Oculi, 2022. Courtesy the artists.

Image: Oculi, 2022. Courtesy the artists.


14 May 2022

Saturday, 9am (AEST)




Benalla Art Gallery [i]
Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street, Benalla
Daily, 10am - 4.30pm
Closed Tuesdays




Wheelchair access


Free, bookings required

Join Oculi photographers for a panel discussion exploring their experiences as both image makers, and humans, bearing witness to important events in Australia.

The talk relates directly to the Third Act within the group’s major Benalla Art Gallery exhibition, ACTS I-VII. Oculi members will reflect on their vast and varied experience in documenting major, and at times traumatic events across Australia. From fires, to floods, through drought and times of protest and upheaval, Oculi’s members consider…What is the role of photography in documenting these moments in history? What are the challenges and when do you choose not to take the shot? How has the emergence of social media changed the role of documentary photography during times of social upheaval?

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  • Oculi (AU)

    Established 2000
    Lives and works Australia-wide

    Oculi is an Australian collective of 19 award-winning photographers, working across many diverse styles and perspectives. Now in its twenty-first year, Oculi is a leading influence in Australian fine art and documentary photography, its members united by a central conviction to visually respond to the changing world, through contemporary ethical practices. Oculi photographers have been recognised through national and international awards including World Press Photo, the Moran Contemporary Photography Prize, Australia’s National Photographic Portrait Prize, and the William and Winifred Bowness Prize for Photography. Oculi’s work is internationally published, widely exhibited, and represented throughout Europe and Japan by Agence VU.

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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