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Title

Trinity 1

2014


Artist

Christian Thompson

Australia

1978 -

Language group

Bidjara, North-east region


About

Christian Thompson is one of Australia's leading artists. He was born in 1978 in Gawler, South Australia and is of Bidjara man of the Kunja Nation. Although his 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.


Details


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


Artist information

Christian Thompson

Works in the collection

18


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history