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Lamenting the flowers



Christian Thompson


1978 –

Language group: Bidjara, North-east region

  • Details

    Cultural origin
    Bidjara, North-east region, Melbourne
    Media category
    Materials used
    type C photograph
    100.0 x 100.0 cm; 103.0 x 103.0 x 4.7 cm frame
    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Art Collection Benefactors 2014
    North Building, ground level, Yiribana Gallery
    Accession number
    © Christian Thompson

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    Christian Thompson

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

    • We bury our own, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, 26 Jun 2012–17 Feb 2013

      We bury our own, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Fitzroy, 26 Jun 2012–21 Jul 2012

      We bury our own, Future Perfect, Singapore, 14 Sep 2012–14 Oct 2012

      We bury our own, The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Charlottesville, 22 Jan 2013–19 May 2013

    • Debil Debil, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, 20 Apr 2013–06 Jul 2013

    • Embodiment, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Dec 2014–22 Mar 2015

    • Christian Thompson, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange, 26 Sep 2015–15 Nov 2015

Other works by Christian Thompson

See all 19 works