25 Jan 2022 to 27 Feb 2022 Daily Event
Naomi Hobson’s evocative photographic series Adolescent Wonderland will be displayed at Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery until February 27 2022. Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia and Country Arts SA with support from the South Australian Government as part of a state-wide regional tour.
Adolescent Wonderland depicts young Aboriginal people from Hobson’s community of Coen on Cape York Peninsula. Themes of youth, playfulness and childhood memories are evident in Hobson’s photographs, where the brightly coloured figures and their props lure the viewer into a dream-like reality.
Naomi Hobson is a Southern Kaantju/Umpila woman who lives in Coen, a small town of 360 people in far north Queensland. A multidisciplinary artist, she regularly works across the mediums of painting, ceramics and photography. Inspired by her immediate environment, Hobson’s works express her ongoing connection to Country and her ancestors’ ties and relationships with their traditional lands.
Through her work, Hobson references her family’s political and social engagements as well as her own personal engagement with her Country and community. In her Adolescent Wonderland series, Hobson is working to empower young people, to encourage them to be themselves and to celebrate their uniqueness. Her photographic series allows the viewer to become part of the community and provides an insight into the vulnerability, playfulness and everyday moments of a generation transitioning from teenagers into adults.
25 Jan 2022 to 27 Feb 2022