PHOTO LIVE: Laura Delaney and Amanda Williams

22 February 2021
Image: Amanda Williams, [Mount Buffalo plateau, Mount Buffalo National Park (#12)], 2020. Courtesy the artist
and the Commercial.

Image: Amanda Williams, Mount Buffalo plateau, Mount Buffalo National Park (#12), 2020. Courtesy the artist and the Commercial.


22 February 2021

Monday, 6:30-7:15pm (AEST)




MPavilion Parkade [i]
Level 7/34 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
(access via lifts on Mcilwraith Place)


Wheelchair access, Auslan interpretor

Wheelchair and general access to Level 7 is via lifts from ground floor off McIlwraith Place.

If you require an Auslan interpreter please make your booking 3 business days in advance.

Join PHOTO 2021 Producer Brendan McCleary in conversation with artists Laura Delaney and Amanda Williams as they discuss their large-scale public site interventions premiering at the Festival. Both artist’s work references historical modes and processes of photography, and examines the merging of built and natural environments. These artists are interested in human intervention of ecological sites and the replication of nature in architecture. They find inspiration through archival documentation and the associated veiled histories created.

Free, registrations required. This event has a limited live audience capacity and will also be live streamed.

The live stream will be broadcast on our homepage and Facebook Live (no need to book).

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  • Laura Delaney (AU)

    Laura Delaney (b. Naarm/Melbourne, AU, 1984) has a socially engaged art practice and works with archival and found materials. She creates site-specific interventions in public spaces, heritage sites and local community organisations. Delaney is interested in the latent histories of community sites and how these can open up enquiries about societies today. Since 2010 she has presented solo and collaborative projects for exhibitions and festivals in Australia, Italy and the UK. Delaney holds a Master of Fine Art by Research, Monash University, AU, 2011. From 2014 to 2018 she lived and worked in Naples, IT. Currently based in Naarm.

  • Amanda Williams (AU)

    Amanda Williams is a Sydney-based artist who works with analogue photographic techniques to examine connections between the history of photography, and physical environments. Tied to explorations of place and imbued with a feminist focus, Williams’ practice takes shape through the use of 35mm, medium and large format film cameras. Where digital processes often grapple with questions around ‘the virtual’, the more traditional photographic methods employed by Williams afford her work the presence of a ‘real’ historical document. Exhibiting extensively in galleries and spaces across Australia and New Zealand, Williams’s accolades include being a finalist in numerous awards, and receiving the $30,000 MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize awarded by Murray Art Museum Albury in 2018.

  • Brendan McCleary (AU)

    Brendan McCleary is PHOTO 2022’s Associate Curator, born and living on Wurundjeri country. He has worked as a Producer for MPavilion, stage managed events for White Night Melbourne, Dark Mofo, and Melbourne Music Week, and in 2017 worked for the Australia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In 2018-19, Brendan was the Program Director for the Monash MPavilion, commissioning artists and events on the Monash University Clayton campus. As an independent curator, Brendan has worked with a number of Australian and international artists including Zanele Muholi (South Africa), Allora & Calzadilla (USA/Cuba), and Carolee Schneemann (USA).

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  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
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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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