Only the future revisits the past


Image: Omar Victor Diop, Frederick Douglass from the series Diaspora, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Magnin-A, Paris.

Artists look towards the past to speculate future possibilities and consider change.


01 March - 12 May


Centre for Contemporary Photography [i]
404 George St, Fitzroy
Wed – Sun, 11am – 5pm
Closed on Public Holidays


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It is well established that photography and film record the past, but these types of documents can also transform and dictate the future.

Only the future revisits the past brings together artists Marta Bogdańska, Omar Victor Diop, Nikki Lam, Tace Stevens and Stephanie Syjuco whose works look towards the past—via archives, institutional and museum collections, family histories, and historic depictions—to speculate future states and possibilities. Through deep engagement and considered intervention, these artists disrupt received structures and narratives. In doing so, they explore ideas of agency and the limitations of representation.

This exhibition questions the formulation of accepted knowledge and accounts, and asks: what role does memory and history play in forming our futures?

Curated by Catlin Langford

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  • Catlin Langford

    Catlin Langford is Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, where she recently curated exhibitions of work by Pixy Liao, Odette England, Miriam Charlie, Ying Ang and Lisa Sorgini. She has previously held roles at the V&A, Royal College of Art and Royal Collection Trust, and has produced exhibitions and content for Thames & Hudson, Curatorial, Photo Lux festival, Photo Oxford, among others.


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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