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Title

Othering the Anthropologist, Walter Baldwin Spencer, from the series Museum of Others

2016


Artist

Christian Thompson

Australia

1978 -

Language group

Bidjara, North-east region


About

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.


Details


Date

2016


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

c-type print on metallic paper


Edition

5 of 6


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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

165.2017.4


Artist information

Christian Thompson

Works in the collection

18