Sato Shintaro, "Kabukicho, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo / Kabukicho, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo", 1997−99, from "Night Lights" series. Inkjet print, 63 x 78.5 x 2.6cm. Courtesy: PGI, Tokyo, © Sato Shintaro.

Civilization: The Way We Live Now

National Gallery of Victoria
9/13/19 to 2/2/20

From brutalist, pastel apartment blocks to crowds of neon signposts jostling for attention, the “Civilization: The Way We Live Now” photography exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) explores the bizarre complexity of life in the 21st century, and documents mass behaviour in urban centres around the world, where shared aspects of life are creating increased overlap. Like many of the phenomena it covers, the exhibition itself is monumental, featuring more than 200 original photographs from more than 100 contemporary artists hailing from Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. The exhibition explores photographers' representation of collective life in these cities.