The backgrounds in Hobson’s photographs are black and white, while the figures and their props are emphasised by colour. Why do you think the artist has chosen to do this? Why not just take a colour photograph?

Look closely at the poses of each of Hobson’s subjects. Re-enact these poses. Now that you have placed yourself in these positions, what does their body language suggest? Are they confident, insecure, relaxed, happy, sad, excited? Share your responses with the class.

Naomi Hobson speaks about Adolescent Wonderland to NITV

CityMag featured Tarnanthi artist Naomi Hobson on representing her community of Coen

installation view: Tarnanthi 2020: Open Hands featuring works from the series Adolescent Wonderland (Revisited) by Naomi Hobson, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; photo: Saul Steed.

Celebrating young people and community

Bernadette Klavins interviews Naomi Hobson

Naomi Hobson, Southern Kaantju/Umpila people, Queensland, born 1978, Coen, Queensland, OMG! “OMG! This is actually heavier than it looks!” Alaina., from the series Adolescent Wonderland, 2019, Coen, Queensland, digital print on paper, 81.0 x 110.0 cm; Courtesy the artist and Redot Fine Art Gallery, © Naomi Hobson/Redot Fine Art Gallery.

Adolescent Wonderland

Making & responding activities

Naomi Hobson, Southern Kaantju/Umpila people, Queensland, born 1978, Coen, Queensland, Touch the River Floor, 2019, Coen, Queensland, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 205.5 x 209.5 cm; Acquisition through Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art supported by BHP 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, © Naomi Hobson/ReDot Fine Art Gallery.

Country & Colour

Making & responding activities

Naomi Hobson, Coen River, Cape York, Queensland, 2017; photo: Tim Fryberg.

Naomi Hobson

Learn more about the artist