Christian Thompson

(Australia 1978 – )

Community
Melbourne, South-east region
Language group
Bidjara, North-east region

Othering the Explorer, James Cook, from the series Museum of Others

Location
Not on display
Further information

Christian Thompson formally trained as a sculptor, but his practice now includes photography, film, sound and performance. Thompson has spent many years studying overseas, both at the Dasarts Academy, Amsterdam and at the University of Oxford, where he undertook his Doctorate. However, he frequently returns to his country around Barcaldine, southwest Queensland.

Thompson’s work is largely biographical and explores concepts of identity and Indigeneity. In his work he morphs into a range of personas through carefully orchestrated poses, costumes and settings. In many works, Thompson refers to the role of photography in developing notions of Indigenous identity and presence, interrogating this to offer a very different perspective in the present from his own unique viewpoint.

Year
2016
Media
Photograph
Medium
c-type print on metallic paper
Dimensions
120.0 x 120.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of the artist 2017. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number
165.2017.1
Copyright
© Christian Bumbarra Thompson