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Title

Trinity 1

2014

Artist

Christian Thompson

Australia

1978 -

Language group

Bidjara, North-east region

  • Details

    Cultural origin
    Bidjara, North-east region, Melbourne
    Date
    2014
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    type C photograph
    Dimensions
    100.0 x 75.0 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
    178.2014
    Copyright
    © Christian Bumbarra Thompson

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    Artist information
    Christian Thompson

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  • About

    Christian Thompson is one of Australia's leading artists. He was born in 1978 in Gawler, South Australia and is a Bidjara man of the Kunja Nation. Although he has worked nationally and internationally, he frequently returns to his country around Barcaldine, southwest Queensland.

    Thompson rose to prominence in the late 1990s with his performative works exploring various notions of identity. In his works he becomes a range of personas through carefully orchestrated poses, costuming, and settings. Thompson's artistic practice has been informed by his absorption of popular culture and his Indigenous heritage.

    'Trinity 1' 2014 is influenced by Thompson's experiences of London while completing a doctorate in fine arts at Oxford University. In 'Trinity I' Thompson transforms himself into a pale, blond female, who gazes directly at the viewer, bringing to mind numerous stereotypes, which he simultaneously draws upon yet questions.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

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