Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
17 Dec 2003 to 29 Feb 2004
Internationally renowned artist Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. Highly regarded for her formal and stylistic experimentation in film, photography and video, her work draws on the history of cinema, art and photography as well as popular culture and her own childhood memories and fantasies. This exhibition at the MCA was the most comprehensive exhibition of her work in Australia to date, and included all of her major photographic series and films from the mid-eighties to 2003.
Themes such as struggles between individuals, childhood cruelties in suburban life, the toughness of life on the ‘frontier’, the subversion of stereotypes and relations between Aboriginal and white Australians are apparent in the work. Referencing the artist’s own life and experiences, the work nonetheless transcends the specific to create meanings of universal significance. Ultimately, Moffatt’s work deals with the human condition in all its complexities.
Born in Brisbane in 1960, Tracey Moffatt studied visual communications at the Queensland College of Art, from which she graduated in 1982. Since her first solo exhibition in Sydney in 1989, she has exhibited extensively all over the world. She first gained significant critical acclaim for her film work when the 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. A major exhibition at the Dia Center for the Arts in New York in 1997-98 consolidated her international reputation.