This five-volume publication features contributions by over eighty authors from around the globe and casts a wide gaze across themes that are drawn from the works in the exhibition. Intended to operate in a broader setting than a traditional exhibition catalogue, the volume presents discourses from a variety of perspectives, including those of academics, journalists, literary figures, social commentators, artists and curators.

This publication presents discourses by ninety writers from across the globe, among them academics, journalists, literary figures, social commentators, artists, designers and curators. Through essays, fiction, philosophy, interviews, analysis and poetry, they explore the practices and motivations of the artists and designers featured in the 2020 NGV Triennial. These artists and designers have examined, in their individual ways, contemporary life and possible futures with a sense that those futures are dependent on the ability of individuals and communities to both imagine and enact change.

In response to and in dialogue with the exhibition, NGV Triennial 2020 is divided into four themes: Illumination, Reflection, Conservation and Speculation. Illumination celebrates the poetic beauty of light as a universal metaphor for a range of emotions and knowledge; Reflection explores the importance of examining and challenging histories, social structures and cultural practices; Conservation challenges us to recognise the accelerating ecological decline resulting from human activity; and Speculation proposes inspirational, and at times challenging, investigations into the future.

Comprising newly commissioned scholarship and insights the publication is richly illustrated with images of works of art and design, photo essays and source and research material from featured artists and designers. NGV Triennial 2020 is intended to contribute to the broader cultural discourse around the subjects and issues that the exhibition explores.

Glenn Adamson (United States); Annika Aitken (NGV); Asinnajaq (Canada); Elisabetta Barberio (University of Melbourne); William ‘Badger’ Bates (Australia); Merve Bedir (Hong Kong); Laurie Benson (NGV); Tilly Boleyn (Australia); Benjamin Bratton (United States); Ellen Broad (Australia); Kalia Brooks Nelson (United States); Holly Buck (United States); Elisha Buttler (NGV); Guido Casaretto (Turkey); David Challis (University of Melbourne); Gabrielle Chan (Australia); Brendan Churchill (University of Melbourne); Jessica Cole (NGV); Claire G. Coleman (Australia); Edward Colless (University of Melbourne); Claire Collie (University of Melbourne); Wayne Crothers (NGV); Zena Cumpston (Australia); Stefano de Pieri (Australia); Jane Devery (NGV); Manoj Dias (Australia); Maria Cristina Didero (Italy); Myfanwy Doughty (NGV); Kimberly Drew (New York); Amanda Dunsmore (NGV); Tony Ellwood AM (NGV); Anastasiia Fedorova (United Kingdom/ Russia); Rosie Findlay (United Kingdom); Tim Flannery (Australia); Ted Gott (NGV); Anna Gritz (Germany); Ashley Hay (Australia); Jörg Heiser (Germany); Stefanie Hessler (Norway); Lucy Ives (United Kingdom); Sigourney Jacks (NGV); Neelika Jayawardane (United States); Petra Kayser (NGV); Vicki Kirby (Australia); Frances Koya Vaka’utan (Fiji); Tessa Laird (University of Melbourne); Claudia La Rocco (United States); Venus Lau (Hong Kong); Simone LeAmon (NGV); Michelle Lim (Australia); Astrid Lorange (Australia); John Macarthur (Australia); Simon Maidment (NGV); Sarah Martin (Australia); Tony Matelli (United States); Hannah McCann (University of Melbourne); Donna McColm (NGV); Ewan McEoin (NGV); George Megalogenis (Australia); Tom Melick (Australia); Timothy Moore (Australia); David Moyle (Australia); Julie Nagam (Canada); Astrida Neimanis (Australia); Peter Otto (University of Melbourne); Tony Oursler (United States); Megan Patty (NGV); Hannah Presley (NGV); Katharina Prugger (NGV); Maria Quirk (NGV); Steven Rhall (Australia); Zoe Rimmer (Australia); Leah Ruppanner (University of Melbourne); Myles Russell-Cook (NGV); Judith Ryan AM (NGV); Kate Ryan (NGV); Michael Ryan (NGV); Tom Simonite (United States); Meg Slater (NGV); Simone Slee (University of Melbourne); Seetal Solanki (United Kingdom); Victor Steffensen (Australia); Maria Tumarkin (University of Melbourne); Lee Ufan (France/Japan); Susan van Wyk (NGV); Pip Wallis (NGV); Danielle Whitfield (NGV); Eva Wilson (United Kingdom/Germany); Fred Wilson (United States); Charles Yu (United States); Donna Zuckerberg (United States)

The NGV warmly thanks Triennial Major Supporters Wendy & Paul Bonnici & Family for their support and Research Partner the University of Melbourne for its significant contribution to the publication.

Publisher: National Gallery of Victoria 
Multi-volume hardback with slipcase 
Outer case 236mm x 292mm 
Volume 1 (Dossier) 230mm x 290mm, 120pp 
Volume 2 (Illumination) 230mm x 290mm, 256pp 
Volume 3 (Reflection) 230mm x 290mm, 240pp 
Volume 4 (Conservation) 230mm x 290mm, 264pp 
Volume 5 (Speculation) 230mm x 290mm, 208pp 
Fully illustrated in colour 
ISBN: 9781925432848 
Category: Contemporary art and design 
Published: December 2020

Winner of the Art book section of the International Book Awards.
Winner of the Major Exhibition Catalogue section of the Museums Australasia Multimedia and Publication Design Awards.