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Christian Thompson

Lake Dolly

An auto-ethnographic exploration of identity, gender and race.

On the Western Broadwalk.

“Identity is a nuanced and complex world in Christian Thompson's international artistic practice.

ABC Radio National

Arresting images exploring race and masculinity

Named after the creek where Christian Thompson's grandfather grew up, Lake Dolly is an auto-ethnographic exploration of identity, gender and race.

Through the sourcing, creation and wearing of unique floral installation pieces, Christian employs Australian botanicals to enact sophisticated imagery relating to physical land, place and exile. His performance-based photographs juxtapose the Western ideal of masculinity with the fragile beauty of the natural world and, in doing so, he ruptures society's binary understandings of race and gender and presents alternative views of Aboriginal masculinity.

Compelling and provocative, Christian's works merge his lived experience as a Bidjara man, with his research into personal, private and public archives and wider social, political, cultural meanings and understandings. Harnessing his focus on anti-portraiture, he constructs images that explore the troubled relationship between the past and present, redefining the zeitgeist understandings of gender and identity, and highlighting the symbiosis between man and nature.

Presented in partnership with Antidote.org.au

More about Christian Thompson...

Christian is an Australian born, London-based contemporary artist whose work explores notions of identity, cultural hybridity, and history. In 2010 Christian, a Bidjara man, made history when he became the first Aboriginal Australian to be admitted into the University of Oxford in its 900-year history. Formally trained as a sculptor, Christian'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.

More about Antidote.org.au

Curated by Grace Partridge and Ros Brennan, Antidote is an online platform at the intersection of art and social change that believes in the world-changing power of storytelling. Through a series of interviews and quarterly exhibitions, they bring together the best creative minds in a conversation about issues as diverse as climate change, gender equality, and the refugee crisis. Their digital storytelling is brought to life through a series of exhibitions in pop-up spaces across Sydney, featuring emerging to established contemporary artists whose work provides an alternative frame of reference for important world issues.

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