Chris Parkinson is a photographic artist, arts professional and published author who seeks to build inclusive conditions for artists and art to flourish.
His 2010 book, Peace of Wall: Street Art from East Timor, is described as a ‘book of evocative photojournalism capturing an important moment in East Timor’s history through its walls.’
Chris’s long-term collaboration with East Timorese artists developed the Animatism collective; a cross-cultural collective of artists working on creative diplomacy projects between Australia, East Timor and Indonesia, framed by the Indonesian, East Timorese and Australian relationship since World War 2.
Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Melbourne, looking at collective art practices and public cultures in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Dili, Timor-Leste. He coordinates and delivers a Street Art elective to undergraduate students at the university, co-curates and is a senior editor of Photodust, an Asia Pacific lens-based photo project, and is a Youth Arts Officer with the City of Yarra. He sits on the Centre for Projection Art’s Creative Advisory Committee.