Luke Willis Thompson
14 Sep – 14 Oct 2017
Hopkinson Mossman is pleased to present autoportrait, a solo exhibition by Luke Willis Thompson.
autoportrait is a portrait of Diamond Reynolds. In July 2016, Reynolds broadcast (via Facebook Live) the moments immediately after the fatal shooting of her partner Philando Castile by a police officer during a traffic-stop in Minnesota. Thompson met with Reynolds and her lawyer, and subsequently produced a film together.
autoportrait is a 35mm, silent, black and white film, presented in the gallery as a single screen.
Thompson produced autoportrait with Mhairi-Clare Fitzpatrick, Director of Photography; Miranda Langevin, Film and Lighting Technician; and Sara Cluggish, Project Liaison.
autoportrait was commissioned by and first exhibited at Chisenhale Gallery in 2017. Thompson’s project was produced in partnership with Create, with the support of Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, and with thanks to a number of private individuals.
Luke Willis Thompson (b. 1988, Auckland) graduated with an MFA Elam School of Fine Arts University of Auckland in 2010 and completed his Meisterschule at Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt am Main in 2015. Recent solo exhibitions include: autoportrait, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2017); Cemetery of Uniforms and Liveries, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin (2016); Misadventure, Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane (2016); and Sucu Mate / Born Dead, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland (2015). His work has been included in group exhibitions including: Shout, Whisper, Wail: The Chartwell Show, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland (2017); Sao Paulo Bienial, Sao Paulo (2016); La Bienniale de Montreal, Montreal (2016); Surround Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York (2015); Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2015); Foreign Exchange – or the stories you wouldn’t tell a stranger, Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main (2014); and If you were to live here…, Auckland Triennial, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland (2013). In 2014 Thompson was awarded the Walters Prize for his exhibition inthisholeonthisislandwhereiam at Hopkinson Cundy, Auckland (2011). autoportrait is Thompson’s third solo exhibition with Hopkinson Mossman.