New gallery explores the lives of Aboriginal youth.

ART: This is one of Ms Hobsons photographs. The colour is centred on the individuals in this photograph which really draws your attention to them.
ART: This is one of Ms Hobsons photographs. The colour is centred on the individuals in this photograph which really draws your attention to them.

A new photographic exhibition that capture moments in time of Aboriginal youth from the community of Coen on Cape York Peninsula is coming to Port Pirie next month.

Naomi Hobson's series, Adolescent Wonderland presents evocative photographic portraits of young Aboriginal people from her community of Coen.

Ms Hobson said her works express her ongoing connection to the country and her ancestors' ties and relationships with their traditional lands.

She wants her photographs to empower young people to encourage them to be themselves and to celebrate their uniqueness.

"Today photography needs to push the boundary," Ms Hobson said.

"I'm using the medium to tell real stories that I feel don't get told or haven't been told.

"I want people to see who our youth really are which is fun, playful, smart, savvy, proud, adventurous and witty.

"I think young people are getting crazy adventurous with all the apps and photo settings in their mobile phones.

"Young people are so advanced in using technology and they also love getting their photos taken, but let them show you their story, their way and that's what Adolescent Wonderland is all about."

Ms Hobson said she wants the viewer to become part of the community and provide that insight into the vulnerability of a generation transitioning into adults.

Premier Steven Marshall said "I'm thrilled that young people in the regions of South Australia will be among the audiences who will have the opportunity to experience the very best of contemporary Aboriginal art."

Country Arts SA Chief Executive Anthony Peluso said Ms Hobson has captured those electrifying coming of age moments.

"These works shine a light on the resilience, vulnerability, humour and playfulness of First Nations young people in regional communities."

The gallery will kick off at the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery on December 11.