Opening: Future Anterior

01 March
[Hero] Remix 2023 Video Still Emily Simek (1)

Image: Emily Simek, Remix (video still), 2023.


01 March

Friday, 5-7pm (AEST)


Blindside [i]
Room 14, Level 7, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne
Wed – Sat, 12 – 6pm


Wheelchair access



Future Anterior features the work of lens-based artists who subvert the use of archival technologies as tools of control. Taking its name from the future perfect tense — the “will have been”— Future Anterior explores new methods of record creation which reject the inert chronicling of places and events.
Looking to deconstruct the oppressive logic of surveillance, classification, and preservation embodied by traditional archiving techniques, artists mobilise the material conditions, associations, and histories both indexed and concealed by the image frame. Experimenting with different modes of documentation, Future Anterior offers a flexible basis for collective memory; inviting a space for speculation by thinking through the document as a renewable resource for elaboration and play.

Joseph Blair, Indra Liusuari, Autumn Royal, Emily Simek, Bixiao Zhang

Curated by Mia Palmer-Verevis, Emeline Robinson-Shaw and Madeleine Sherburn

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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