Cultural significance of languages in the Goldfields
Until 6 September 2019
Australian Embassy, 4 rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris - From 9am to 4.30pm
Photos: Andrew McLeish
W A L L P O W E R
Contemporary Australian Photography
18 June - 12 November 2018
Press release to download
WALL POWER: Contemporary Australian Photography features the work of twenty-two leading Australian photographers, each exploring the myths and legends surrounding Australia’s unique light, landscape and history. The exhibition includes multiple seminal works by Australia’s best-known contemporary photographers including Tracey Moffatt, Bill Henson and Christian Thompson.
The exhibition covers a broad spectrum of practical and conceptual approaches to photography, all casting light on the Australian national identity, rich in complexities and conflicts. At the core of WALL POWER lies the photographic image and the immediacy and power of the medium.
William Robinson's exhibition 'Genesis'
Robinson is recognised as one of Australia’s most important contemporary landscape painters, celebrated in particular for his original and powerful approaches to depicting the Australian environment through a multidimensional viewpoint. For over five decades he has produced works of great originality and vision that have informed a new vernacular of the Australian landscape.
Christian Thompson's exhibition "Hear the Rattles"
At the Australian Embassy in Paris until the 12th of January 2017
4 rue Jean Rey, Paris 15 - Free entry from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00
Dr CHRISTIAN THOMPSON is an Australian born, London based contemporary artist whose work explores notions of identity, cultural hybridity & history. In much of Christian Thompson’s work he engages with the process of auto ethnography. Merging a nuanced dream world and his autobiography, he draws out images that connect his own personal experience to wider social, political, cultural meanings and understandings.
Formally trained as a sculptor, Thompson’s multidisciplinary practice engages mediums such as photography, video, sculpture, performance & sound. His work focuses on the exploration of identity, sexuality, gender, race and memory. In his live performances and conceptual portraits, he inhabits a range of personas achieved through handcrafted costumes & carefully orchestrated poses & backdrops.
Thompson’s images transcend the ethnographic gaze, what he coins a type of ‘spiritual repatriation’, that emerges via a third space somewhere between lived experience, historical archive and the contemporary present. His powerful works give insight into the practices of the past and simultaneously capture a dynamic modern constancy.
Photos: Simon Patching