Lillian O'Neil (AU)

Everything Forever

Image: Lillian O’Neil, [Everything Forever] (detail), 2020.

Image: Lillian O’Neil, Everything Forever (detail), 2020.




University Square, Parkville Station precinct [i]
Cnr Grattan and Leicester Sts, Carlton
Outdoor work – accessible all hours


Wheelchair access

Everything Forever is a series of collages composed of photos taken from secondhand books by artist Lillian O’Neil.

Collecting the books from book fairs, archives and op-shops, O’Neil draws upon an extensive collection of pictures to investigate the contrast between obsolete pre-digital photographs and the infinite proliferation of digital images today.

Favouring photographs that encapsulate a sense of passing time, natural vs. developed landscapes, human drama and shifting erotic perspectives, O’Neil builds each element into a grander narrative: a place where microcosm and macrocosm exist in one visual to become a monument to a disappearing photographic texture.

Commissioned by Photo Australia and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program for PHOTO 2021

On display from 18 February 2021

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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.

01–24 March