Laura Delaney (AU)

The Rise and Fall

19 February 2021 - 07 March 2021
Image: Laura Delaney, [The Rise and Fall] (detail), 2020.

Image: Laura Delaney, The Rise and Fall (detail), 2020.


19 February 2021 - 07 March 2021




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


Wheelchair access

Due to lockdown restrictions delaying installation of this work, The Rise and Fall will now be installed on 19 February.

A climber clings to the side of a building at 99 Spring St. Their trajectory is upward, but will they rise, or fall? Both a question and spectacle, Laura Delaney’s The Rise and Fall is a site specific intervention that uses reworked found photography from vintage rock climbing journals. Blown up to billboard size and superimposed onto Melbourne’s cityscape, Delaney’s climber scales the realm of capitalist culture, navigating the terrain ahead.

The Rise and Fall is a meditation on the search for a new equilibrium in a planet facing crisis. Just as the image is dated, so too are our systems, calling to attention the need for a revised paradigm, mid climb.

Commissioned by Photo Australia for PHOTO 2021

Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program

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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