Another Life: Human Flows / Unknown Odysseys

Each day sees the geopolitical climate becoming more defined by the impact of mass migration and, as this is a recurring theme in the 2019 Adelaide Festival, it’s fitting that the centrepiece of its visual arts component is this mighty exhibition from the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography.

Venue: QBE Galleries 2 & 3
Dates: Fri 1 Mar - Sun 17 Mar 2019
Times: Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm, Sat 9am – 5pm, plus theatre performance times

Twenty-six photographers – the majority of them active photojournalists – take part in this group exhibition, presenting over 160 of their works, chronicling one of the greatest dramas of recent history: the endless flow of desperate people out of Africa across the Mediterranean.

Focusing on the human element, each lens finds its own way of portraying the refugees’ despair, agony, loss, and sense of impasse. From raw, simple portraiture to epic compositions reminiscent of Delacroix or Géricault, from nightmarish visions of abandoned life jackets in their thousands to surreal images of refugees stumbling ashore on a beach full of sunbathers, this is a profoundly affecting collection that demands to be seen and talked about.