Although Christian Thompson often appears in his photographs and videos, they are not self-portraits. Instead he uses his body to present ideas about identity and the collision of cultures. Thompson’s training as a sculptor is evident in the careful composition of his images. A self-confessed bower-bird he collects costumes and props to wear in unexpected combinations – sequined tops are paired with headdresses of native flowers; a silk headscarf with glasses made of crystals. Recently Thompson has sought to remove himself from his work. By using props and costumes that conceal more of his face and body he explores ideas of domination and submission.

In 2010 Thompson made history becoming one of the first two Aboriginal Australians to be admitted into the University of Oxford to study for his doctorate. He also holds degrees from Amsterdam School of Arts, RMIT Melbourne and the University of Southern Queensland. He is represented in major national and state collections.

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