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Precinct 9, 2018

Christophe Canato

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Finalist

My work is a longstanding examination of male gender identity and sexual orientation across cultural contexts, with belonging, inclusion and rejection the starting point of my early research. In my photography, the staged male body expresses ambiguities between form and representation in order to deliver physical and emotional compositions, such as idolatry or fantasies. I create my own universe where notions of dissimulation, norms and difference broaden the spectrum of my reflection, at times based on symbolism and folklore. Precinct 9 is a marital portrait of Pascal Proteau and Gavin Hicks.

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.