DiergaardeBlijdorp Rotterdam 2016 by Sheng-Wen Lo

Today, the NGV opens Civilization: The Way We Live Now, an international photography exhibition, which boasts over 200 original photographs by over 100 photographers from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe.

In exploring the phenomenal complexity of urban life in the twenty first century, Civilization reflects on the ways in which photographers have documented, and held a mirror up to the increasingly globalised world around us. The selected works create a picture of collective life around the world and document patterns of mass behaviour.

Architecture of Density #91 2006 by Michael Wolf (type C photograph)

Divided into eight sections and themes, audiences will find themselves reflecting on their daily lifestyles as well as those from around the world as they drift through the exhibition. Beginning with Hive, visitors are greeted by the works of Robert Polidori and Michael Wolf, which highlight how civilizations press their citizens into cities and the pictorial possibilities offered by the unceasing ebb and flow of crowds. They are then later left wondering in Next, featuring the work of photographers Valérie Belin and Robert Zhao Renhui, whom investigate the dangers of the speed at which civilization is developing.

A must see for all, don’t miss Civilization: The Way We Live Now, on display from 13 September 2019 to 2 February 2020 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square.


Dates: 13 September 2019 - 2 February 2020

Location: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square.

Times: 10am - 5pm daily

Cost: Member $15 | Adult $18 | Concession $16 | Child (5-15 years) $10 | Family (2 adults + 3 children) $45