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Title

Lamenting the flowers

2012


Artist

Christian Thompson

Australia

1978 -

Language group

Bidjara, North-east region


About

Christian Thompson is a photographer, performance and conceptual artist whose largely biographical practice is infused with wit, irony and humour. The consummate performer, it is difficult to separate Thompson from his work as he explores what it means to be Indigenous today and the relationships that exist between objects, space and history. Although Thompson has worked nationally and internationally, he frequently returns to his country around Barcaldine, in southwest Queensland.

Thompson's work 'Lamenting the flowers' is drawn from the series, 'We bury our own' 2012 which was developed during the artist's research into the Australian Indigenous photographic archive in the Pitt Rivers Museum of Oxford University, during Thompson's Doctoral studies. In this series Thompson examines the possibility of a spiritual repatriation from the archive, in the absence of a physical repatriation.


Details


Date

2012


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

type C photograph


Dimensions

100.0 x 100.0 cm; 103.0 x 103.0 x 4.7 cm frame


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

176.2014


Artist information

Christian Thompson

Works in the collection

18


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history