Christian Thompson is one of Australiaís leading and most exciting contemporary artists. He made history as the first Aboriginal Australian to be accepted into Oxford University, England, and completed his PhD there in 2015.
Thompson works across photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound to explore notions of identity, race and Australiaís colonial history. Best known for his photographic self-portraits which focus on the artistís cultural background and sexuality, this exhibition will present work from across fifteen years of practice, including his iconic and extensive Australian Graffiti series featuring Thompson dressed up in Australian flora.
The first survey of this important artistís work, this is an ambitious and multi-layered exhibition of photography, sound, film and voice. It traces the evolution of Thompsonís focus on the fashioning and expression of identity, to his engagement with Indigenous artefacts in Oxfordís Pitt River Museum, growing interest in language and gesture through performance, song and sounds works, through to recent projects including a newly commissioned multichannel musical and video composition that incorporates the artistís traditional Bidjara language.