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Christian Thompson Biography

Christian Bumbarra Thompson is a Bidjara man of the Kunja Nation from Central West Queensland and also has European heritage.Thompson's work is primarily focused on the performative exploration of multiple identities; he inhabits a range of personas that he achieves through simple costume and carefully orchestrated poses and backdrops.

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Thompson's practice is informed by his absorption of a range of cultures as a young Aboriginal art- ist growing up in an urban environment in the 1980s and 1990s. In more recent work Thompson combines traditional Australian Indigenous scenarios with lurid ornamentatio, and has moved into exploring a new cross-continental and theatrically postcolonial identity. His 'HEAT' series of videos and stills captures the affective experience of the desert climate in the Queensland outback.

Thompson's work has been included in group exhibitions at a number of international institutions including the Andy Warhol Museum, USA; Wood Street Galleries, USA; National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Christian Thompson In Ocula Magazine

Institutional critique in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial Ocula Report Institutional critique in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial By Tess Maunder, Brisbane

Since the late 1980s the major concern for curatorial practice has been the rise of biennale culture; the impact this exhibition format has had upon both the production and reception of contemporary art internationally. Reflecting on this lineage and recent politics from within the Asia-Pacific region, it is apparent that exhibitions such as...

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Christian Thompson In Related Press

The Centre for Contemporary Photography is celebrating its thirtieth birthday with a blockbuster show Related Press The Centre for Contemporary Photography is celebrating its thirtieth birthday with a blockbuster show 21 July 2016, The Creators Project

The Centre for Contemporary Photography, one of Australia’s leading photographic art galleries, is turning thirty this week. To celebrate, the CCP is hosting a blockbuster fundraiser exhibition, featuring the work of over seventy artists. It’s an opportunity to reflect upon the changing dynamics of Australian contemporary...

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8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art Related Press 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art 13 January 2016, Frieze

'The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8)' takes as its theme the performative body and – given the show’s wide geographic remit – it’s surprisingly apt. Curated by a Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) team of 15 curators under the leadership of QAGOMA’s Director, Chris...

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Largest number of Australian artists selected for APT8 Related Press Largest number of Australian artists selected for APT8 9 June 2015, Visual Arts Hub

The Asia Pacific Triennial has become a defining exhibition within the international biennale arena. It will, again, be presented by the Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) this November, with 83 artists selected from 32 countries for this its eighth edition. While biennales love to roll out “numbers and...

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A Look Into Recent Australian Art Related Press A Look Into Recent Australian Art 12 November 2013, Art Radar Asia / 08 November 2013

From 31 August to 13 October 2013, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts in western Australia held “In Confidence: Reorientations in Recent Art”, an exhibition exploring the cultural proximity of Australia and nations of the Indian Ocean. In his essay “Australia is not an island” curator John Mateer re-assesses ideas of...

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