Tracey Moffatt is considered internationally as one Australias most
prominent contemporary artists. Her much acclaimed career began at the
Queensland College of Art in the 80s and has since then included the
presentation of works in Cannes (1993), Venice (Biennale 1997) and at the
Dia Centre for the Arts in New York (1997/98).
As a backdrop to the Third Asia Pacific Triennial, the Institute of Modern
Art will present six of Moffatts most significant projects, highlighting
her influential role within Australian contemporary photography and film.
Working with a potent mix of gender, class, race and colonialism, with a
broad palette of influences from popular culture to high art, and presented
through the most popular mediums of the 20th century, and always depicted
against expectation, she manages to build an ongoing tension that repays
repeated engagement, says curator Michael Snelling.
This is an exhibition that will entice and engage the most avid art fan to
a casual passer-by.
Moffatts work addresses the social, political and psychological dimensions
of everyday experience in a country with a colonial past.
The inspiration for Moffatts work is as diverse as Pasolini, American
Roller Derby, surfies dropping their daks, Japanese and Australian cinema
and her own subconscious.
This is perhaps the only opportunity for you to see the three complete
series of - Scared for Life (1994), Up in the Sky (1997) and Laudanam
(1998), plus three films Night Cries - A Rural Tragedy (1989), Heaven
(1997) and Bedevil (1993), under one roof.
The exhibition will be opened by Michael Gow, Artistic Director Qld Theatre
Company on 6pm Wednesday 8 September.
A 72 page, colour catalogue will be published for the exhibition.
The Exhibition is an Asialink/IMA collaboration funded by the Australia
Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.