Warwick Thornton

Shanika
, 2015
Pigment print on cotton rag art paper
152 x 153 cm Click to enlarge

Biography

Born, Alice Springs, Australia 1970

Lives and works in 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 traces within colonial history, and the ongoing presence in contemporary landscapes, of indigenous Australians. His oeuvre utilises photography, film and video to conceptualise time, space, identity, memory, and the social condition.

As a film director, screenwriter and cinematographer, Thornton has received numerous awards, including the Caméra d’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and the IFA Cultural Film Award at the 2009 Berlin Independent Film Festival for his debut feature film ‘Samson and Delilah’ (2009). In 2017 his feature film ’Sweet Country’ (2017) won Best Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, as well as the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.

 

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Bibliography


Exhibitions

Warwick Thornton

The Future is Unforgiving

Nawurapu Wunungmurra, Warwick Thornton, Darren Siwes, Tracey Moffatt, Ricardo Idagi, Danie Mellor, R E A, Christian Thompson, Brook Andrew, Destiny Deacon, Michael Cook, Gordon Bennett, Daniel Boyd

Debil Debil
, Carriageworks

Recent Works

Warwick Thornton

Luka
, 2015
Pigment print on cotton rag art paper
Diptych: 152 x 153, 25 x 25 cm

Warwick Thornton

Sterling
, 2015
Pigment print on cotton rag art paper
Diptych: 152 x 153, 25 x 25 cm

Warwick Thornton

Shanika
, 2015
Pigment print on cotton rag art paper
Diptych: 152 x 153, 25 x 25 cm

Warwick Thornton

The Future is Unforgiving
, 2015
Single channel digital video, 16:9
7 minutes 39 seconds

Warwick Thornton

Untitled 1
, 2013
Pigment prints
2 parts: 100 x 100 cm; 14.8 x 14.8 cm

News

Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country: a tragic investigation of race on Australia’s frontier

From The Conversation, 10 October 2017
by Lucio Crispino

The opening of Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country (2017) is as prosaic as it is poetic. A battle-scarred billy on a roaring campfire has come to the boil. Into its churning depths an unidentified hand drops a palmful of tea, followed by two more of sugar. Just enough to sweeten its otherwise pungent bitterness. Off-screen, from what feels […]