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Christian Thompson: Ritual intimacy

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27 April – 8 July 2017

Curators: Charlotte Day and Hetti Perkins

Christian Thompson: Ritual intimacy will be the first survey exhibition of one of Australia's leading Indigenous artists. Thompson, of the Bidjara people, works across photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound to explore notions of identity, race and Australia's colonial history. He made history himself as one of  the first two Aboriginal Australians to be accepted into Oxford University, where he completed his Doctorate of Philosophy (Fine Art) in 2016.

Ritual intimacy will cover the breadth of Thompson's practice, both in the media he employs and in the works he has made for Australian  and European contexts. It will include his best-known work in photography, where he has used his own image to present ideas about identity and the collision of cultures, along with his audio and video works that celebrate language and gesture through performance, sound and song.

Media Kit:

Christian Thompson: Ritual intimacy Media Kit

Tour dates:

Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane: 20 July - 23 September, 2017
UNSW Galleries, Sydney: 4 May - 28 July, 2018

Public Programs:

MADA Artforum Lecture: Christian Thompson, Thursday 4 May 2017, 1-2pm
Boiler Room Lecture: Ritual intimacy - Christian Thompson & Hetti Perkins in conversation - Thursday 18 May, 6pm


Image: Christian Thompson, Untitled #6 (from the series King Billy) 2010. Image courtesy of the artist, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne, and Michael Reid, Sydney and Berlin.