Civilization

The Way We Live Now

NGV Australia, Federation Square

13 Sep 19 – 2 Feb 20

Open 10am–5pm daily

Civilization: The Way We Live Now is an international photography exhibition of monumental scale, featuring the work of over 100 contemporary photographers from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe with over 200 original photographs being exhibited.

In this increasingly globalised world, the exhibition explores photographers’ representations of life in cities as its key theme and presents a journey through the shared aspects of life in the urban environment. The selected works create a picture of collective life around the world and document patterns of mass behaviour. The exhibition looks at the phenomenal complexity of life in the twenty-first century and reflects on the ways in which photographers have documented, and held a mirror up, to the world around us.

A major publication has been produced by Thames & Hudson in parallel with the exhibition.

Civilization: The Way We Live Now is curated by William A. Ewing and Holly Roussell, assisted by Juliette Hug. The exhibition is co-produced by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/New York/Paris/Lausanne and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, in consultation with the National Gallery of Victoria.

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Tours

Exhibition ticket required.
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Guided Tours: Civilization
14 Dec, 11.30am
21 Jan, 11.30am
23 Jan, 11.30am
25 Jan, 11.30am
28 Jan, 11.30am
30 Jan, 11.30am
1 Feb, 11.30am

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This exhibition has been co-produced by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/New York/Paris/Lausanne and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea, Seoul, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Works in this exhibition are protected under the Australian Government's Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme. Find out more