Jo Duck (AU)

Razzle Dazzle

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Image: Jo Duck, Brick Trick from the series Disguises, 2022. Courtesy the artist.

How do we evade the surveillance state?


01 March - 24 March


99 Spring St (outdoor) [i]
Cnr Ulster Lane & Spring St, Melbourne
24 hrs
Gordon Reserve [i]
Spring St, East Melbourne
24 hrs


Technological Futures


Wheelchair access



Newly commissioned for PHOTO 2024, Razzle Dazzle is a series of portraits of people trying to evade facial recognition technology… to varying degrees of success.

In World War One, Razzle Dazzle camouflage was an outlandish method used by Allied Forces to confuse enemy ships into mis-locating their fleet. Wild stripes and crazy geometric patterns were painted on the hulls of the boats so that they hid in plain sight. Jo Duck takes this ploy and adapts it to explore what privacy might mean in a not-so-distant future.

People born in the internet age have been tracked since birth. Everywhere we go we are recorded without consent and facial recognition technology is ubiquitous. With absurd problems come absurd solutions, whether in donning a teddybear decoy to confuse the cameras, fashioning a personal waterfall to obscure your face, or becoming the invisible woman, these portraits ponder the lengths that we might go to to retain our privacy.

Commissioned by PHOTO Australia Supported by the City of Melbourne and Creative Victoria 99 Spring St installation supported by Peter Jopling

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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