We bury our own (series of 8)

Christian THOMPSON: artist

Not On Display

About the work

For this series, We bury our own 2012, Christian Thompson has drawn upon archives held in the great and strange Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford… The museum holds thousands of photographs of Aboriginal people collected for ethnographic and anthropological purposes… [Thomspon] has visited these images, not to duplicate them in any sense, or to borrow a pose or a garment – as he done in past works, but to immerse himself in what he describes as acts of ‘spiritual repatriation’ (John Barrett-Lennard, Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2013).
Further still, at the centre of these works is a deep respect for Aboriginal people, culture and life.
We bury our own (series of 8)
Artist/Maker and role
Christian THOMPSON: artist
C-type print
98.0 x 98.0 cm each (sheet)
104.5 x 104.5 x 4.5 cm (each) (framed)
Credit line
Purchased through The Leah Jane Cohen Bequest, The Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2015
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession number

This is one of the photographs in our collection.