Civilisation: The Way We Live Now

When: 13 September 2019 - 2 February 2020
Where: Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne
How much: $10 - $18
More info: NGV website

‘Civilisation: The Way We Live Now’ is a photography exhibition of considerable scale, featuring the work of 100 of the world’s most prominent photographers. The exhibition explores the increasing complexity of 21st century civilisation – never before have people been so interconnected, so dependent on one another. While some photography looks inward, ‘Civilisation: The Way We Live Now’ deals with the real world – a mirror held up to the urban environment and it’s hyper-modern, technologically-complex state.

Andreas Gursky’s supermakets and rock concerts, Edward Burtynsky’s oil fields, Raimond Wouda’s high school, Reiner Riedler’s families at leisure, Lauren Greenfield’s ostentatious displays of wealth – these are only a few of the many subjects covered by the exhibition. Curated by William A. Ewing and Holly Russell, ‘Civilisation: The Way We Live Now’ is an incredible, thought-provoking reflection on modern-day life and its intricacies.

[Image: Lauren Green, ‘American born’ 1966, courtesy of the National Gallery of Victoria]