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

 

Warwick Thornton’s artistic practice is concerned with negotiating traces of colonial history and the continued presence in contemporary landscapes of Indigenous Australians. To convey this, his oeuvre utilises the filmic medium to conceptualise time, space, identity, memory and the social condition. In addition, Thornton has a well-respected career as a film director, screenwriter and cinematographer, with his debut feature film Samson and Delilah, 2009 having won the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009.

Thornton graduated in cinematography studies from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 1997.

Selected recent solo exhibitions include: ‘The Future is Unforgiving’, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2015); ‘Warwick Thornton: Mother Courage’, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne (2013); and ‘Stranded’, Stills Gallery, Sydney. Selected group projects include: ‘Dark Heart – 2014 Adelaide Biennial’. Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2014); ‘Documenta 13’, Kassel, Germany (2013); ‘Debil Debil’, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney (2013); ‘Paul Kelly and the Portraits’, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra (2013); ‘Mix Tape 1908s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); and ‘Stop (the) Gap: International Indigenous Art in Motion’, Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide (2011).

 

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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 […]