Tracey Moffatt


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Tracey Moffatt is one of today’s leading international visual artists working in photography, film and video. Many of her photographs and short films have achieved iconic status both in her home country of Australia and around the world. Her photographs play with many different printing processes and have a filmic, narrative quality. She approaches all her photographic and video work as a film director, and she is known as a powerful visual storyteller. Moffatt is currently representing Australia for the 2017 Venice Biennale,  with an exhibition of new work in the Australia Pavilion in the Giardini. She is the first Australian Indigenous artist to present a solo exhibition in the biennale.

Born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1960, Moffatt studied visual communications at the Queensland College of Art, from which she graduated in 1982. Since her first solo exhibition at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney in 1989, she has exhibited extensively in museums all over the world. She first gained significant critical acclaim when her short film, Night Cries, was selected for official competition at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. Her first feature film, beDevil, was also selected for Cannes in 1993. She was selected for the international section of the 1997 Venice Biennale and was also featured in the biennials of Sydney (1993, 1996, 2008), Singapore (2011), São Paulo (1998) and Gwangju (1995). A major exhibition at the Dia Center for the Arts in New York in 1997-98 solidified her international reputation. In 2003, a large retrospective exhibition of Moffatt’s work was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, to record breaking attendances. She had her first retrospective exhibition in Italy, at Spazio Oberdan, Milan, in 2006. Her photographic series, Scarred For Life, was exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum and her video, LOVE, at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, in 2007. Also that year, she was awarded the Infinity Award for art photography, selected by an international panel at the International Center of Photography in New York City.

In 2011, Moffatt presented Still and Moving, a solo exhibition at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, featuring her photographic series, Plantation, as well as Other, a new work in her Montages video series inspired by Hollywood films. A retrospective exhibition of her video work was concurrently on view at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York. In May 2012, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, presented a comprehensive retrospective of Moffatt’s film and video work, featuring screenings of all her major works and a ten-day series of artist talks at the museum. In 2013, she was honored with the Australia Council Visual Arts Award and was included in the major survey exhibition, Australia, at the Royal Academy, London. Also in 2013, Tyler Rollins Fine Art hosted the US premiere of a major new body of Moffatt’s work in a solo exhibition, entitled Spirit Landscapes. The exhibition comprised five different photographic series and a moving image piece. It represented the artist’s return to highly personal themes relating to family, home, and the land, specifically within the context of her Australian Aboriginal heritage. A key concept was the notion of a “return to country,” a seeking out of one’s ancestral lands and an attempt to reconnect with history and tradition. After many years living abroad, Moffatt began a three year exploration of places in Australia that were scenes of important events in her own life and that of her family. The resulting body of work, her first since the Plantation series of 2009, reflected on the way her personal story is intertwined with the often tragic history of race relations in Australia. Yet, as Moffat pointed out, it can also be “opened up” and read as a universal meditation on the significance of land and place.

Elephant: The Art Culture Magazine, Confessions of a Biennale Virgin

June, 2017


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The Saturday Paper, Tracey Moffatt at the 2017 Venice Biennale

June, 2017


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Artlink, The Masque Ball of Tracey Moffatt

June, 2017


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Canadian Art, Trouble Me Venice: An Indigenous Curator’s View of the Biennale

May, 2017


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Rai, Tutte le sfumature di Tracey Moffatt

May, 2017


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SBS, Inside ‘the Moffatt memory bank’: Tracey Moffatt’s storytelling through art

May, 2017


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ArchitectureAU, Ghosts, ruins and forced migration: the 2017 Australian Venice Biennale exhibition opens

May, 2017


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Australia Unlimited, Tracey Moffatt: Expanding Australia’s horizons

May, 2017


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Elephant Magazine, Twelve Female Artists to See at the 57th Venice Biennale

May, 2017


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ArtAsiaPacific, Tracey Moffatt

May, 2017


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Bega District News, Archibald tour breaks records as Bega gallery prepares for intimate new show

May, 2017


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Creators, Tracey Moffatt’s Venice Biennale Show Tackles Global Issues with Personal Stories

May, 2017


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The Guardian, Great Australian photographs: Something More by Tracey Moffatt – an audio essay

May, 2017


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Daily Review, Tracey Moffatt at the Venice Biennale: memories are made of this

May, 2017


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The Art Newspaper, Activism is top of Venice Biennale’s agenda

May, 2017


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The Sydney Morning Herald, Venice Biennale 2017: Tracey Moffatt’s My Horizon a roaring success

May, 2017


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Whitewall, Tracey Moffatt Represents Australia with MY HORIZON

May, 2017


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The Australian, Venice Biennale: Fog lifts on Tracey Moffatt’s My Horizon

May, 2017


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The Art Newspaper, State of the nations: our pick of the Venice Biennale pavilions

May, 2017


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The Art Newspaper, Art world’s tips for the Venice Biennale

May, 2017


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Hyperallergic, Perspectives on Female Identity

May, 2017


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The Australian, Tracey Moffatt retains the mystery ahead of Venice Biennale

April, 2017


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ABC, Tracey Moffatt defies labels but adds to the story of Aboriginal art in the Venice Biennale

April, 2017


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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tracey Moffatt’s Venice Biennale entry is a hellish work

March, 2017


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The Australian, Venice Biennale ‘a gig like no other’ for Indigenous Photographer Tracey Moffatt

March, 2017


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The Guardian, Tracey Moffatt: ‘If it becomes a little terrifying then I’m interested’

March, 2017


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Art Gallery of New South Wales, Tracey Moffatt

May, 2016


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ArtsHub, Tracey Moffatt: Laudanum and other works

May, 2016


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Artnews, Tracey Moffatt will represent Australia at the 2017 Venice Biennale

December, 2015


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The Sydney Morning Herald, Body Parts

October, 2015


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The West Australian, Calling out around the world

February, 2015


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The Saturday Paper, Free Spirit

December, 2014


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The New York Times, Tracey Moffatt ‘Spirit Landscapes’

December, 2013


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Artforum, Tracey Moffatt

November, 2013


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Daily Serving, Tracey Moffatt: Spirit Landscapes at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

November, 2013


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Australia, Exhibition Catalogue

October, 2013


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Blouin Artinfo, Tracey Moffatt and Juliana Engberg Receive Australia Council Arts Award

March, 2013


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MoMA Film Retrospective

May, 2012


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Brooklyn Museum, Unfolding Tales: Selections from the Contemporary Collection

July, 2011


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Artpace, Tracey Moffatt: Handmade

May, 2011


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The Weekend Australian, Let me tell you a story

March, 2011


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Artslant, Other People

February, 2011


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Blouin Artinfo, The Agenda: February 2-8

February, 2011


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The Daily Beast, Tracey Moffatt’s “Other”

February, 2011


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Saatchi Online Magazine, Editor’s Pick – Top International Shows: January 10 – January 17, 2011

January, 2011


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Bronx Museum: Montages

October, 2010


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An Interview with Tracey Moffatt,

2010


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British Journal of Photography, Plantation

July, 2010


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The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Tracey Moffatt

December, 2009


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Photofile, Tracey Moffatt

2008


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The Moving Images of Tracey Moffatt

2007


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Global Feminisms, Tracey Moffatt

2007


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The Sydney Morning Herald, Happy snaps that flatter and splatter

July, 2007


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The New York Times Style Magazine, The Goal Standard

March, 2007


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New York Magazine, Show and Tell: Tracey Moffatt

January, 2007


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Tracey Moffatt: Between Dreams and Reality

2006


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Eyemazing Magazine, Under the Sign of Scorpio

2006


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Tradition Today: Indigenous Art in Australia

2006


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The Independent, Australian Escapades

February, 2006


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Art Collector, Tracey Moffatt: New Work in New York

2005


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Art & Australia, Reading Tracey Moffatt

2005


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The Sydney Morning Herald, A girl’s own adventure

2005


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Courier Mail, Behind the Gloss

March, 2005


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Vogue Living, Tracey Moffatt

November, 2004


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Tracey Moffatt, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Catalogue

2004


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Foto, Tracey Moffatt

2004


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The Sydney Morning Herald, Strip Down

August, 2004


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Australian Financial Review, Something More About Moffatt

February, 2004


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Vibe, A Conversation With Tracey Moffatt

February, 2004


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Cream Magazine, Tracey in My Room

January, 2004


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Time, Hearts in the Picture

December, 2003


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The Australian, A singular perspective

December, 2003


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The Sydney Morning Herald, Zooming in on an artful tease

December, 2003


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V Magazine, Shanghai Surprise

May, 2003


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The Washington Post, Moffatt: This Dogma Can Bite

October, 2001


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Invocations, Tracey Moffatt

2001


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Women Artists, Tracey Moffatt

2001


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Los Angeles Times, Switching Roles in Identity Power Plays

April, 2001


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Sunday Herald, Little Miss Moffatt

April, 2001


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Vogue Hommes International, Tracey Moffatt

2000


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World of Dreamings, State Hermitage Museum

2000


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Artnews, Eclectic Eye

February, 2000


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Independent Filmmakers, Tracey Moffatt Hunters & Collectors

September, 1999


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The New York Times, Gazing in a Mirror

September, 1999


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Tracey Moffatt, IMA/Asialink

1999


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Creating One’s Own Reality

1999


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The Village Voice, Laudanum

May, 1999


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The Australian, Disturbing narrative of passion and power

April, 1999


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Free-Falling Catalogue

1998


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Tracey Moffatt: Innocence and Violence

1998


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Dia Art Foundation, Tracey Moffatt: Free-falling

September, 1997


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