The inaugural NGV Festival of Photography in 2017 will be the largest display of photography in the NGV’s history. Presented across multiple galleries at both NGV International and NGV Australia, the festival will feature solo exhibitions by William Eggleston, Bill Henson, Patrick Pound, Zoë Croggon and Ross Coulter, alongside dedicated displays, events and programs.
The first major solo exhibition, Bill Henson, will showcase recent works by the Australian photographer, who is celebrated for his powerful images that sensitively explore the complexities of the human condition.
The exhibition brings together twenty-three photographs selected by the artist, traversing the key themes in the artist’s oeuvre, including sublime landscapes, portraiture, as well as classical sculpture captured in museum settings.
Henson’s work is renowned for creating a powerful sense of mystery and ambiguity through the use of velvet-like blackness in the shadows. This is achieved through the striking use of chiaroscuro, an effect of contrasting light and shadow, which is used to selectively obscure and reveal the form of the human body, sculptures and the landscape itself.
As part of the broader festival, audiences are provided with an opportunity to be truly immersed in new works encompassing digitally produced prints, as well as film based projects by both established and emerging artists.
Bill Henson will be on display at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia from 10 March to 27 August as part of the inaugural NGV Festival of Photography. Further information is available from the NGV website. Entry is FREE