Christian Thompson is an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist occupying the forefront of and influencing a new generation of Australian artists whose work, not unexpectedly, explores issues of identity, cultural hybridity and history. He is an Inaugural Charlie Perkins Scholar and one of the
first Aboriginal Australians to be accepted into the University of Oxford in it's 900 year history, where he is currently reading for a Doctorate of Philosophy (Fine Art) at Trinity College. His formal training is sculpture however his multidisciplinary practice that has spanned more than a decade engages mediums such as photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound. He came to prominence in Australia in the late nineties and his work is primarily focused on the performative exploration of identity, and in his performances and photographic works he inhabits a range a personas achieved through hand crafted costumes and carefully orchestrated poses and backdrops Thompson’s artistic practice has been informed by his absorption of a wide range of cultures as a young artist growing up in an urban environment in the 1980s and 1990s. Interweaving traditional or vintage props with elements of pop culture and garish touches from the 1980s, he is known for his subtle references to land and culture of the Bidjara people His work provocatively explores a myriad of themes from the sensorial replication of childhood memories of the Australian desert hinterland, the critical parody and deconstruction of the identity of the artist and the mythology of landscape.Thompson has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, having been included in exhibitions such as unDisclosed, 2nd National Indigenous Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Collection, Valencian Institute of Modern Art, Valencia, Spain. Hijacked III, QUOD Gallery, Derby, United Kingdom. Shadow life Bangkok Art and Cultural centre, Bangkok, Thailand. The beauty of Distance/ Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney, Cultural Warriors, National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (touring).