Uncanny Valley: Photography, Tech and the Hyperreal

01 March - 24 March

Image: Darren Sylvester, Body be a soul, 2023. Courtesy the artist, Neon Parc and Sullivan+Strumpf.

Portraits of cyborgs and portraits by cyborgs.


01 March - 24 March


Treasury Precinct [i]
20 Spring St, East Melbourne
24 hrs


Technological Futures


Wheelchair access



The term Uncanny Valley refers to that sense of unease, wariness or revulsion that overcomes us when technology presents as too human, the resemblance becoming too close. The line between the digital and the physical is more and more fluid in our digital age, reality and simulation blurring together. As the matrix folds in around us, this exhibition presents six artists working at the forefront of this changing landscape.

Lauren Dunn’s pixelated pop icon figure appears shoulder to shoulder with Giulio di Sturco’s portaits of Sophia, the first robot to be granted citizenship of a nation. Utilising “promptography”, Boris Eldagsen indulges the power of nostalgia to construct false memories – sparking international debate on the distinction between photography and AI in the process.

John Yuyi invites questions over who controls our digital existence with faces pasted with temporary tattoos of popular apps and icons, and Serwah Attafuah’s cyber dreamscapes and heavenly wastelands take us further into the metaverse, populated by afro-futuristic abstractions.

Meanwhile, Darren Sylvester depicts a prophetic face looking back towards us at an epic 10 metres tall, reflecting history repeating, and futures of tomorrow.

Curated by PHOTO Australia Boris Eldagsen supported by the Goethe-Institut Supported by Creative Victoria and Bruce Parncutt

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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