Photo biennale celebrates milestone with the power of people

The 10th Ballarat International Foto Biennale is filled to the brim with works that tell people’s stories and leave a lingering provocation.

From Andy Warhol’s miniature Polaroids to Platon’s larger-than-life portraits of world leaders, “people” sit at the centre of the 10th Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB), showcasing photographic practices across galleries, local businesses and around street corners.

The eight-week long event showcases more than 2000 photographic works from local and world-renowned creative practitioners, this year with the theme ‘The Real Thing’. Taking its namesake from the 1969 Russell Morris song, ‘The Real Thing’ is a provocation as much as it is an invitation:

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_