Tracey Moffatt

Tracey Moffatt

Australia 1960

Photography, Video Art

Tracey Moffatt
Tracey Moffatt
April 27, 2016
Behind the pseudonym of Lor Dethal lies Nemanja Torlak, a writer for Widewalls intrigued and moved by diversity in art and in the lives of those who create it. It is often the unexpected that come forth and surprise us, and art is a world that allows it and makes it possible. David beats the Goliath daily, and writing about it is a pleasure.

Whichever corner of the world you decide to visit, whichever nook you choose to explore, people will have some sort of a tragic tale to tell. More often than not, it influences their lives profoundly, leaving an impact that is never truly shaken off. Investigating and recording such personal stories, as well as implementing some of her own in her work, Tracey Moffatt is one of, if not the most known Australian contemporary artist. With her work spanning photography and film, she has earned great critical acclaim over the years, portraying her work widely across the European, American, and Australian continents.

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Tracey Moffatt – Untitled, 1997 2

Issues of Society

One of the most known Australian artists today had started her professional artistic career following her BA in visual communications from the Queensland College of Art in 1982. Encompassing video format as well as photography, Moffatt has explored numerous issues that are troubling the whole of society, including those related to sexuality, race, violence, and history, among others. Capturing the emotions first hand, her work throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s has been based on stories told directly to the artist, creating series of photographs like Something More in 1989, Scarred for Life in 1994, and Scarred for Life II in 1999. Her video and film related output dealt with the same type of issues, and Moffatt would often draw from her own history to fuel these works. It can be seen in her Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy from 1989 that brought her international attention, with a narrative relating to her own history of having an Aboriginal birth mother.

Capturing the emotions first hand, Moffatt’s work has been based on stories told directly to the artist

Tracey Moffatt sydney museum new artist film collection visit sydney museum
Tracey Moffatt – Untitled, 1997

Aboriginal Themed Work

Another reoccurring subject in Moffatt’s work are the Australian Aborigines, a people that she believes carry great energy with them. Depicting them both in her films and photographic works, Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy is just one in a line of such artistic pieces. In 1986, she has done a series of black-and-white photographs and exhibited them under the title Some Lads ten years later, depicting the aboriginal dancers. She even cooperated with the aboriginal actor David Gulpili and produced the image The Movie Star in 1985. Exploring the relation between the Aborigines and the white colonial settlers in her practice during the late 1990’s, she created the Laudanum series consisting of 19 photo-engravings, portraying a woman and her aboriginal servant.

Moffatt profoundly explored the subject of Aborigines both through her photography and film

Australia’s Representative

Known as one of Australia’s most famous and admired artists in the contemporary art world, Tracey Moffatt has gained great recognition early on in her career, magnifying it as the years passed. With a great number of both solo and group exhibitions to her name mostly held in Europe, the United States and Australia, she continues to create and has focused on fame and celebrity in her more recent work. With the 2007 Infinity Award for art given by the International Center of Photography being just one of many awards for her extensive work, Moffatt remains one of the most influential figures within her field of work.

Tracey Moffatt lives and works in New York.

Featured image: Tracey Moffatt. Photo credits All other photos credit
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YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016 Tracey Moffatt: Laudanum and other works Art Gallery of New South Wales, SydneySolo
2016 Black, White and Restive Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle (upcoming)Group
2015 Kaleidoscope Perth Insititute of Contemporary Art, PerthSolo
2015 Hung Out to Dry: Space, memory and domestic laundry practice University of Queensland Art Museum, BrisbaneGroup
2015 The Photograph and Australia Art Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGroup
2015 When the Ocean Turns to Dust Campbelltown Arts Centre, SydneyGroup
2015 Activate, animate, complicate, grow: what new acquistiosn can do to and for the collection Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, MelbourneGroup
2014 Tracey Moffatt: Spirited: In the Gallery and on TV Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, BrisbaneSolo
2014 Deslize Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilGroup
2014 Harvest Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, BrisbaneGroup
2014 Five Centuries of Melancholia UQ Art Museum, BrisbaneGroup
2014 ACID/GOTHIC MOP Projects, Sydney Group
2013 Spirit Landscapes Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, SydneySolo
2013 Spirit Landscapes Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, USASolo
2013 Australia Royal Academy of Arts, London.Group
2013 The Wandering: Moving images from the MCA Collection MCA, Sydney.Group
2013 Every day I am a day older: Portraiture from the Griffith University Art Collection Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane.Group
2013 Mix Tape 1980 s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style National Gallery of Victoria, MelbourneGroup
2013 Under My Skin: Contemporary Australian Photography from the Corrigan CollectionRockhampton Art Gallery, RockhamptonGroup
2012 Tracey Moffatt Museum of Modern Art, New York, USASolo
2012 Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg Vox Populi Gallery, Philiadelphia, USASolo
2012 Tracey Moffatt: Other Art Gallery of Ballarat, AustraliaSolo
2012 Tracey Moffatt Glasshouse Gallery, Port Macquarie, AustraliaSolo
2012 Tracey Moffatt: Narratives Gosford Regional Gallery, AustraliaSolo
2012 Return to Sender University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia.Group
2012 Tyler Rollins Fine Art at Pulse Contemporary Art Fair New York, USAGroup
2012 Aesthetic Queeries Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK (Nice Coloured Girls)Group
2012 Ladies and Gentlemen! Moderna Museet, Malmö, SwedenGroup
2012 Fruaen International Film Festival Cologne, GermanyGroup
2012 Screen Worlds Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2011 Tracey Moffatt: Still and Moving Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, USASolo
2011 Handmade Artpace San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USASolo
2011 Tracey Moffat: Video Montages Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, AustraliaSolo
2011 Tracey Moffatt: Narratives Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, AustraliaSolo
2011 Tracey Moffatt: Up in the Sky Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2011 Tracey Moffatt: Narratives Grafton Regional Gallery, AustraliaSolo
2011 Tracey Moffatt: Narratives Wangaratta Regional Gallery, AustraliaSolo
2010 Tracey Moffatt: Montages Bronx Museum, New York, USASolo
2010 Tracey Moffatt, Artist Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USASolo
2009 Tracey Moffatt: First Jobs Series Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, AustraliaSolo
2009 Tracey Moffatt: Mother Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2008 Tracey Moffatt: Social Edit Location One, New York, curated by Eric C. ShinerSolo
2008 Tracey Moffatt: First Jobs Series Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, SydneySolo
2008 Tracey Moffatt: Invocations Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon, PortugulSolo
2007 Tracey Moffatt: Portraits and Doomed (a Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg video collaboration) Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, SydneySolo
2007 Tracey Moffatt, Under the Sign of Scorpio, Doomed Stux Gallery, New York, USASolo
2006 Tracey Moffatt: Between Dreams and Reality Spazio Oberdan, Milan, Italy and Montreal, CanadaSolo