Christian Thompson: Moonlight Cactus
Christian Thompson: Moonlight Cactus, comprising new photographic works, is the artist's first solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition includes a major large-scale immersive ‘flower wall’, alongside work made following the artist’s recent participation in an exhibition in Israel. These works contnue Thompson’s interest in exploring his Sephardic Jewish matrilineal ancestry alongside his Bidjara heritage.
Christian Thompson’s work explores notions of identity, cultural hybridity, and history — often referring to the relationships between these concepts and the environment. Formally trained as a sculptor, 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 his live performances and conceptual anti-portraits he inhabits a range of personas achieved through handcrafted costumes and carefully orchestrated poses and backdrops.