Luke Willis Thompson‘s practice deals with readymade objects. Creating situations where volatile meanings are suggested through gesture and encounter, the artist circumscribes a range of social, historical and political narratives that disrupt conventional ideas of being and spectatorship. Described as instances of tragedy or trauma, Thompson’s works confront the viewer with uneasy questions of ontology and the ideology of the public gaze.

Working between collective imagination and material trace, the artist provokes incompatible ideas regarding actions and institutions. The winner of the 2014 Walter’s Prize, New Zealand’s most prestigious art award, Thompson’s presented inthisholeonthisislandwhereiam, 2012, taking viewers by taxi to a home in Auckland’s gentrified suburbs. Other important works include Yaw, 2010, and Sucu Mate, 2012. Thompson has served residencies in Frankfurt and Cambodia, and exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand.

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Luke Willis Thompson
Auckland, New Zealand, 1988
New Zealand

Upcoming Exhibitions

Luke Willis Thompson: Human

Kunsthalle Basel
08/06/2018 — 19/08/2018

Solo Shows

2018
Luke Willis Thompson, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Luke Willis Thompson, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington

2017
autoportrait, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland
Luke Willis Thompson, Chisenhale Gallery, London

2016
Luke Willis Thompson, Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane, QLD
Luke Willis Thompson, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland

2012
inthisholeonthisislandwhereiam, Hopkinson Cundy, Auckland

Group Shows

2017
“Shout, Whisper, Wail: The Chartwell Show”, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland

2016
32ª Bienal de São Paulo – Incerteza viva, Bienal de Sao Paulo, São Paulo (upcoming)
Light Switch And Conduit, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

2015
The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8), Queensland
New Museum Triennial 2015: Surround Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York City, NY

2014
Pequod, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland
Just as money is the paper, the gallery is the room, osage Shanghai, Shanghai

2013
Octopus 13: On This Day Alone, Gertrude contemporary art spaces, Melbourne, VIC

2012
Between memory and trace, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Manukau City
In Spite of Ourselves: Approaching Documentary, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Auckland, New Zealand Country of birth: New Zealand Date of birth: 1988 Lives in: Auckland, New Zealand