In Partnership with Antidote: A Festival of Ideas, Art & Action – Sydney Opera House, Western Broadwalk.
Named after the creek where Christian Thompson’s grandfather grew up, Lake Dolly is an auto-ethnographic exploration of identity, gender and race. This free outdoor event will exhibit Thompson’s 2017 series that employs his renowned focus on Anti-Portraiture and stunning Australian botanicals; in this case enacting sophisticated imagery relating to physical land, place and exile. Through the sourcing, creation and wearing of unique floral installation pieces (here reminiscent of his Sephardic/Spanish Jewish relatives and their Traditional head dresses), Thompson’s performance-based photographs juxtapose the Western ideal of masculinity with the fragile beauty of the natural world. In doing so, he ruptures society’s binary understandings of race and gender and presents alternative views of Aboriginal masculinity. To read more click here.