The Sixth Mile is a new body of work by Melbourne based Bidjara artist Christian Thompson. This series features photographic images as well as an intimate video depicting a communication between the artist and his father. The exhibition explores the universal relationship between fathers and sons and investigates notions of masculinity. In the tradition of performance, Thompson instructs models to recreate compositions and arrangements of male family members, based on old photographic portraits. Focusing on the formal configuration and stance of the posed figures, Thompson uses the human body as a playful, abstract medium to reflect ritual and engages the art making process as a form of contemporary ceremony. The Sixth Mile continues Thompson's investigations into traditional notions of recollecting and mapping country and pays direct homage to his homelands in central western Queensland.
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