Past Exhibitions

A place in time: photographs by Viva Gibb

27 July 2019 to 29 September 2019

Viva Gibb (1945–2017) was a Melbourne-based artist whose commitment to social documentary photography saw her create a unique body of work that is both personal and political.

A place in time: photographs by Viva Gibb is the first public gallery showing of her work for over 30 years. The photographs are drawn from a large body of her work that was recently acquired into MGA’s collection, generously donated by the artist’s estate.

The photographs included in this exhibition were taken in the artist’s neighbourhood, in West and North Melbourne during the 1970s and 1980s. Living, working and raising two children in West Melbourne, Gibb immersed herself in her local community, observing and documenting the people around her. Gibb created warm and sympathetic portraits of children, migrants, workers and elderly citizens and also documented sub-cultures, religious rituals and street events. Her informal and intimate compositions celebrate the everyday and reveal her progressive and compassionate approach to humanity. Politically engaged and sensitively produced, these works provide small windows into the lives of ordinary people, which are today historically and culturally significant social documentations of a particular place in time.

Curator: Stella Loftus-Hills

Current Exhibitions

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  • Dressing up: clothing and camera
  • The Tucker portraits

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Portrait of Monash: the ties that bind
  • Not standing still: new approaches in documentary photography

Past Exhibitions

Atrium Gallery

  • Ali MC | Nong shain maw: stonebreakers of the east Khasi highlands

Travelling Exhibitions

  • John Gollings: the history of the built world
  • The light fades but the gods remain | Bill Henson
  • Robyn Stacey: as still as life

Bowness Prize

  • William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2015 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2014 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2013 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2012 Bowness Photography Prize
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2011
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2010
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