Join us for a screening and in conversation with artist Dr Christian Thompson, and Monash University Museum of Art Director Charlotte Day.
Christian Thompson is one of Australia's leading visual artists and the recipient of the inaugural $80,000 Mordant Family VR Commission.
His work explores notions of identity, cultural hybridity, and history; often referring to the relationships between these concepts and the environment.
The screening will include highlights from Thompson's career to date, and a discussion of his upcoming VR work Bayi Gardiya (Singing Desert). In this bold and ambitious work, audiences are invited to walk through the landscape of the artist's childhood, where they will witness a simple yet profound aesthetic gesture of the artist singing in his traditional Bidjara language, a language that has been recognised as extinct.
The Mordant Family VR Commission is a partnership between Catriona and Simon Mordant AM, the City of Melbourne and ACMI.
About Christian Thompson
Formally trained as a sculptor, Dr Christian Thompson’s multidisciplinary practice engages mediums such as photography, video, sculpture, performance, and sound. His work focuses on the exploration of identity, sexuality, gender, race, and memory. In 2010 Thompson made history when he became one of the first two Aboriginal Australians to be admitted into the University of Oxford in its 900-year history.
About Charlotte Day
Charlotte Day joined Monash University Museum of Art as Director in 2013. Previously she worked as an independent curator and was Associate Curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA).