Special Seminar: Christian Thompson (Bidjara), “Photographs, videos and performance works”

School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne special seminar with Christian Thompson, Wednesday, March 31, 1.00 – 2.00 Alan Gilbert Building, lecture theatre 1.

Christian Thompson, I’m Not Going Anywhere Without You, 100 x 100 cm    C-Type Print, 2009

Inaugural Charles Perkins Trust Scholar and the first Aboriginal Australian to be accepted into Oxford University, Amsterdam-based, acclaimed contemporary artist Christian Thompson will discuss his recent performance and sound work for the Adelaide Biennial of Australian art, his two year residency at the Das Arts Foundation, the Netherlands and the research he will undertake at Oxford Universities, the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, where he will undertake his Doctorate of Philosophy in Fine art in October 2010, and his upcoming projects for the Sydney International Biennale.

Born 1978, Gawler, South Australia, Christian Thompson lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Christian Thompson is a contemporary artist. He has presented his photographs, videos and performance works in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Recent group exhibitions include ‘Andy and OZ: Parallel Visions’, Andy Warhol Museum USA. ‘Workin Down Under’, Wood Street Galleries, USA. ‘Brilliance’, Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands. ‘This Crazy Love’, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. ‘Culture Warriors’, National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. ‘Raised by Wolves’, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth and ‘Gertrude Studio Artists Show’, Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne. He was a studio artist at Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Spaces 2006–2008, Melbourne. He is currently undertaking a residence program at DasArts Advanced Studies for Performing Arts, Amsterdam and a residency and public art project with the Centre for Future Art Research at Arizona State University, Arizona, USA.

Christian Thompson’s work is held in many public and private collections in Australia and overseas including: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia, Peter Klein Collection, Eberdingen, Germany, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Australia, Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands, Myer Collection, Melbourne, Australia, City of Melbourne Collection, Melbourne, Australia, Deloitte Collection, Sydney, Australia. Pat Corrigan Collection, Sydney, Australia. Private Collections.

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