GOLLINGS, The history of the built world

February 22 - March 24, 2019

Wednesday-Friday 1-6, Saturday - Sunday 11-4

John GOLLINGS Every high rise on the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 2012, pigment ink-jet print courtesy of the artist

An MGA travelling exhibition

MGA, Australia’s only gallery solely dedicated to the collection and exhibition of photographs, is pleased to announce John Gollings: the history of the built world a new travelling exhibition showcasing the work of one of Australia’s most celebrated photographers. The exhibition is an important part of MGA’s commitment to promoting the work of Australian photographers. 

The Queensland Centre of Photography is delighted to have the opportunity to showcase this exhibition at The Maud Street Photo Gallery in Brisbane. The exhibition is open to the public from February 22nd – March 24th, Wednesdays – Fridays from 1pm – 6pm and Fridays – Sundays from 11am – 4pm. Entry is free.

An RSVP opening launch with an artis talk by John Gollings will take place on Saturday March 2nd, from 5pm. BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE

‘Gollings is one of Australia’s leading photographers, with a career built over decades. From iconic contemporary architectural, ancient sites of spiritual significance, to the ruins of abandoned cities, Gollings has spent a career revisiting modern and ancient sites to document the built environment. It is rare that we have the opportunity to showcase and profile an internationally renowned and respected artist with such a depth and diversity of practice.’

John Gollings is Australia’s pre-eminent, and most prolific, photographer of the built environment. For the past 50 years he has been synthesising his parallel interests in photography and architecture to explore the cultural construction of social spaces.

From sacred rock art sites and ancient temples, to suburban dream homes, iconic monuments and architectural interventions, Gollings’s catalogue of images provides a remarkable visual history of how humans have chosen to inhabit their world.

 The history of the built world is the first major survey of Gollings’s photographic practice and offers a much anticipated opportunity to appreciate the full breadth of his unique vision. With academic training in the history of architecture, and a professional grounding in photographic practice, Gollings documents and dramatises architecture with an informed artistic flair. Constantly innovating with photographic technologies, and investigating new architectural subjects with a restless enthusiasm, Gollings’s connoisseurship of the built world is unparalleled.

This travelling exhibition has been made possible with the support of Monash Council, Creative Victoria, the Bowness Family Foundation, the Gordon Darling Foundation, the Vizard Foundation and the Australian Institute of Architects.