No True Self

Image: Hanna Putz, [Everything Else is a Lie], 2019. Courtesy the artist.

Image: Hanna Putz, Everything Else is a Lie, 2019. Courtesy the artist.

Emerging artists from Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Poland and Sweden reflect on the impact of technology on the presentation of self in this Australian exclusive.

This exhibition reflects on the way digital technologies mediate our relationships through virtual and physical realities, and the effects on our performance of self. Through a variety of conceptual approaches spanning photography, video, installation, new media and performance, the artists investigate the blurring of private and public realms and the agency of the individual within a post-digital society.

No True Self asks us to confront our performative selves, and consider how we connect, amidst such an uncertain future.

This exhibition is part of PHOTO 2021’s expanded program.


  • David A. Kerr (AU)

    Born 1986 in Yarram, Australia. Lives and works in Weimar, Germany and Helsinki, Finland.


    David A. Kerr is an independent artist and curator from regional Victoria, currently based between Weimar, Germany and Helsinki, Finland. He is currently Visiting Researcher at the Center for Artistic Research (CfAR) at the University of Fine Arts, Helsinki, and in 2018 was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki.


    Kerr is the creator of – an experimental online platform for text, image and artwork that explores the representation of labour in contemporary art. In 2013, Kerr co-founded Strange Neighbour, a curator-led gallery and creative space consisting of a black and white community darkroom and artist studios. He has worked as a lecturer in photomedia at several Melbourne universities and continues to participate in residencies, events and exhibitions nationally and internationally in various capacities.


    David A. Kerr has a PhD (Art History) from Monash University Art Design and Architecture, a Master of Fine Art from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Media Arts from Deakin University.


PHOTO Channel

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