Warwick Thornton (AU)

Image: Warwick Thornton, Meth Kelly (video still), 2020. High definition 4K digital video, colour, stereo sound 4 minutes 4 seconds. Commissioned for the Biennale of Sydney 2020: NIRIN.   Warwick Thornton. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Born 1970, Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Australia

Lives and works Alice Springs, Australia


The art of War­wick Thorn­ton draws from his acclaimed career as a cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er and award win­ning film direc­tor. In his art prac­tice, Thorn­ton is inter­est­ed in nego­ti­at­ing the pres­ence in con­tem­po­rary land­scapes, and traces with­in colo­nial his­to­ry, of indige­nous Aus­tralians. His oeu­vre utilis­es pho­tog­ra­phy, film and video to con­cep­tu­alise time, space, iden­ti­ty, mem­o­ry, and the social condition.

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