Christine Christophersen

Blueprint

November - December 2005

Australian artist, writer and journalist of Aboriginal origin, Christine Christophersen is a leading activist in the Aboriginal cause.

During her residency in Lille at the Maison Folie Wazemmes in November and December 2005, Christine Christophersen continued her research into the representation of the sacred in Western art. She was also able to learn about the history of European art by visiting the Palais des Beaux-arts in Lille, the Biennale d'art contemporain in Lyon, the Louvre, and other museums in Paris.

By talking with scientists, and in particular mathematicians from the University of Lille 1, Christine Christophersen was able to confirm that the system of kinship illustrated in her paintings here under the name Blueprint (the matrix) is indeed, as she suspected, a system recognised in mathematics, which is called "Sub shift of a finite type". She is currently conducting research into the 3D transformation of this system in order to create sculptures from her representations of kinship.

A collaboration with Alain Buyse in Lille has resulted in the production of a series of silkscreen prints based on the Blueprint project. This is also the first time the artist has worked in this medium.

Christine Christophersen presented at the Ecole d'art de Tourcoing, then at the Maison Folie Wazemmes, the latest film she co-directed with the filmmaker Delphine Morris. She also presented recent works created from her personal vision of mythology from her culture: the story of Murran, and that of Waramaramunji, the ancestor creator of the world. This is her first solo exhibition in France.