Invaded Dreams by Dr Christian Thompson AO - 2012 | Michael Reid Gallery

Dr Christian Thompson AO
Invaded Dreams, 2012

from the series We Bury Our Own
c-type print on Fuji Pearl Metallic Paper
100 x 100 cm
edition 7 of 10 + 2AP
$18,000 framed in white

PROVENANCE
Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney
Corrigan Collection, Sydney, acquired from the above in August 2012
On long-term loan to the University of Technology, Sydney, November 2016 – November 2020
Private collection, Sydney

Note: this is the first edition of this highly sought after work to return to the secondary market

EXHIBITED
Christian Thompson: We Bury Our Own, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, 29 May – 23 June 2012
Christian Thompson: We Bury Our Own, Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney, 5 July – 4 August 2012
Christian Thompson: We Bury Our Own, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, UK, 26 June 2012 – 6 January 2013
Debil Debil, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, 20 April – 6 July 2013
Colonial Afterlives, Salamanca Arts Centre, Tasmania, 8 March – 27 April 2015
Over the Fence: Contemporary Indigenous Photography from the Corrigan Collection, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane, 6 August – 30 October 2016
Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia, Special Exhibitions Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, USA, 5 February – 18 September 2016
Ritual Intimacy, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, 4 May – 14 July 2018 and touring

LITERATURE
Craig, G., and Presley, R., Over the Fence: Contemporary Indigenous Photography from the Corrigan
Collection, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane, 2016, pp. 59 (illus.), 91
Lowish, S., Rethinking Australia’s Art History. The Challenge of Aboriginal Art, Routledge, New York, 2018 (illus. cover, another example)

COLLECTIONS:
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA
Art Gallery of West Australia
Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, UK

Invaded Dreams is one in a series of works titled We Bury Our Own that Thompson made in response to the photographic collection of the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, England. The museum holds a collection of ethnographic photographs of Indigenous Australians made during Australia’s early colonial period. In the series Thompson has used votive objects such as candles, butterflies, flowers, crystals and in the case of Invaded Dreams a miniature tall ship named ‘Mary Rose’. In each image the objects cover the artist’s eyes, which firstly removes the viewer’s chance to gaze upon the subject, a traditional use of ethnographic photographs as they were transported around the world. Secondly, it references death and burial rituals, a time when the individual is believed to be between the physical and spiritual world. Thompson was one of the first two Aboriginal Australians to be accepted to Oxford University as part of the Charlie Perkins scholarship.

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