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Photography is constantly dying and being reborn. AI represents the latest stage of photography's transformation into a software output, cannibalising the camera and even transforming it into a set of executable text prompts

If it is now clear that photography is a kind of 'program', and that images are operational, actionable and scrapable, what does this mean for the future of the medium? Both an exploration and a provocation, this exhibition features work by Australian and international artists speculating on the social and political ramifications of photography's afterlives. 

Exhibition Curators: Alison Bennett, Shane Hulbert, Daniel Palmer, Katrina Sluis 

Artists include: Memo Akten, Amrita Hepi, Max Pinckers and Dries Depoorter, Rosa Menkman, Sara Oscar, J. Rosenbaum, Sebastian Schmieg and Alan Warburton

Image: Sara Oscar, A hyperrealistic photograph of a 30 year old Thai woman, pregnant, suit, lost expression, Suvarnamhubi airport, luggage, carpark, 1970s - - scale 1:1, quality 1, 2023, AI generated image. Image courtesy of the artist.

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