announces Tracey Moffatt’s 2017 Venice Biennale exhibition
Tracey Moffatt: MY
December 8, 2016, Sydney, Australia - The Australia
Council for the Arts today announced the exhibition title for Tracey Moffatt’s
solo exhibition in the Australian Pavilion at the 57th Venice
Biennale. Moffatt will present MY HORIZON.
The installation will comprise all new work, including large-scale photography
“MY HORIZON is very open and can be read in many ways,” said
Moffatt. “The horizon line can represent the far and distant future or the
unobtainable. There are times in life when we all can see what is ‘coming over
the horizon’. This is when we make a move. Or we do nothing and just wait for
whatever it is to arrive.”
Through photography and film, Moffatt creates
highly stylized narratives and montage to explore a range of themes including
the complexities of interpersonal relationships, the curiousness of popular
culture, and her own deeply felt childhood memories and fantasies.
“This will be an insightful and deeply moving
exhibition, one that extends Tracey’s acclaimed body of work and cements her
position as one of Australia’s most successful artists - someone who
consistently takes the tempo of our times,” said Naomi Milgrom AO, Australia’s Commissioner
for the 2017 Venice Biennale.
The exhibition, to be launched in May 2017, will be
accompanied by a major new book, published and distributed by Thames &
Hudson. This will be the first time an artist representing Australia at the
Venice Biennale will have a globally distributed accompanying publication.
Exhibition Curator and publication editor Natalie
King said, “MY HORIZON will present a
compendium of texts that reflect on Tracey’s highly political and deeply
personal fictions, allowing readers to ponder what might be over the horizon.”
Moffatt first received critical acclaim with the
short film Night Cries which was
selected for official competition at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. Her first
feature film, bedevil was also
selected for Cannes in 1993, and in 1997 she was invited to exhibit in the
Aperto section of the Venice Biennale.
An exhibition at the Dia Center for the Arts in New
York followed, consolidating her international reputation. Since then Moffatt has
exhibited extensively in museums and galleries across the globe, with more than
100 international exhibitions including a highly prestigious 2012 solo show at
New York’s Museum of Modern Art. She also received the 2007 Infinity Award for
Art from New York’s esteemed International Center of Photography.
Moffatt will be the second artist to exhibit in the
award-winning Australian Pavilion in Venice’s Giardini.
Australia Council for the Arts
is the Australian Government’s
principal arts funding and advisory body.
at the Venice Biennale began in
1954, and has been managed by the Australia Council since 1978.
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