NAOMI HOBSON | ADOLESCENT WONDERLAND11 June 2022 — 31 July 2022
Naomi Hobson, Rainbow Twins “Donna brought us these wigs, I wanted one first and then Lexcine wanted one, she always trying to copy me, aye Lexcine.” Ada. “No Ada, you always copying me.” 2020. Cropped. From the series Adolescent Wonderland. Courtesy of the artist, ReDot Fine Art Gallery, and Arthouse Gallery.
“I see pride in my people all the time when I’m out on the street talking to them, and I wanted the rest of the country to see what I was seeing.”
Naomi Hobson, 2022
In her first major photographic solo exhibition in NSW, Southern Kaantju/Umpila artist Naomi Hobson will present a newly commissioned, immersive photographic exhibition at Cement Fondu. Renowned for her vibrant paintings, this new commission gives Hobson the opportunity to further develop her work with photography, her engagement with Country and concerns with contemporary identity, gender and representation. The new, immersive, large-scale body of work will expand from her 2019 series Adolescent Wonderland, which was celebrated at the Tarnanthi exhibition, AGSA and was recently acquired by QAGOMA.
Adolescent Wonderland strikingly captures Hobson’s local community, recording the young people of the small remote community Coen, through a playful, deeply intimate and sometimes surreal lens.
Hobson’s new commission at Cement Fondu is the third and final installment of Adolescent Wonderland, and comes at a critical time for the artist to continue this exploration into the cross pollination of popular and Aboriginal cultures that shape her community’s identities and relation to the world. The colours and shapes from Hobson’s paintings have been interpreted across the gallery walls in a mural by artists Noni Cragg and Natalie Naksila.
SATURDAY 11 JUNE
5pm | ARTIST TALK
6-8pm | OPENING
11 June — 31 July 2022
THURSDAY – SUNDAY
THIS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED BY THE NSW GOVERNMENT THROUGH CREATE NSW.