Naomi Hobson (AU)

Adolescent Wonderland

29 April 2022 - 29 July 2022
Image: Naomi Hobson, [Fish Boys] (detail), 2022, from the series [Adolescent Wonderland]. Commissioned by Photo Australia for PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography. Courtesy the artist.

Image: Naomi Hobson, Fish Boys (detail), 2022, from the series Adolescent Wonderland. Commissioned by Photo Australia for PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography. Courtesy the artist.


29 April 2022 - 29 July 2022


Southbank Promenade (outdoor) [i]
Southbank Promenade, Southbank
24 hrs




Wheelchair access



Naomi Hobson is an artist practising in painting, photography and ceramics. She resides in Coen. Her colourful abstract compositions act as a link between individuality and a shared identity, her photography grapples with indigenous identity and social issues confronting indigenous peoples.

Hobson uses the observation of her home surroundings, human interactions and her own feelings to create images that invites people in. Hobson’s work can be viewed as symbolic of the lives of young people in her community. Her composition has a purpose, from colour, style, to the body language, and the combination of all elements creates the final conceptual image of black JOY. She believes black home is a great space to learn and educate people about black LOVE.

“In our space we get to fully show up as our natural selves. We get to be bold; we get to be colourful. We get to fully embrace our uniqueness. We get to celebrate our culture and all that it has to offer where the lights of society rarely chooses to shine. I am a positive person and this positivity often reflects on my work delivering images with a strong messaging; overcoming obstacles, being true to yourself, expressing pride. My images are characterizing from simple home settings with highly aesthetic charm. I want my work to be viewed as a whole story and condensed in one frame.” —Naomi Hobson

Commissioned by Photo Australia and the City of Melbourne

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

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