Sydney Contemporary

Dr Christian Thompson AO—

Bidjara, Ngura
B. 1978, Australia

Dr Christian Thompson AO is an Australian born contemporary artist whose work explores notions of identity, cultural hybridity and history. Formally trained as a sculptor, Thompson’s multidisciplinary practice engages mediums such as photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound. His work focuses on the exploration of identity, sexuality, gender, race and memory. In his live performances and conceptual portraits he inhabits a range of personas achieved through handcrafted costumes and carefully orchestrated poses and backdrops. In 2010 Thompson made history when he became the first Aboriginal Australian to be admitted into the University of Oxford in its 900-year history. He is currently a research affiliate at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

"My work really comes through a process of autoethnography where I combine formal modes of traditional research with informal modes of research and I connect those themes to broader cultural, political, social meanings and understandings."

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Dr Christian Thompson AO
The Wild Places, 2021
c-type print on metallic paper
120cm x 120cm
Edition: 6 + 2 AP

Presented by Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin
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Dr Christian Thompson AO
Double Happiness, 2021
c-type print on metallic paper
120cm x 1201cm
Edition: 6 + 2 AP

Presented by Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin

Dr Christian Thompson AO
New Gold Mountain (Xin Jin Shan), 2021
c-type print on metallic paper
120cm x 120cm
Edition: 6 + 2 AP

Presented by Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin

Dr Christian Thompson AO
Barindyila Barindyila (Sister, Sister), 2021
c-type print on metallic paper
120cm x 120cm
Edition: 6 + 2 AP

Presented by Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin

Dr Christian Thompson AO
The Meaning of Fire, 2021
c-type print on metallic paper
120cm x 120cm
Edition: 6 + 2 AP

Presented by Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin

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