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Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Ocula Conversation Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Tessa Moldan, Brussels

With Monsoon Melody on view at WIELS, Brussels, her largest solo exhibition to date, Thao Nguyen Phan discusses her transition to film to explore colonial legacies and ecological destruction in Vietnam.

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Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Los Angeles

Los Angeles' art scene has a lot to offer during Frieze Los Angeles, with galleries, non-profits, and museums gearing up for the fair's second edition between 14 and 17 February 2020. In this Ocula Lowdown, Tessa Moldan lists a selection of the city's must-see shows.

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Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Ocula Insight Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Apoorva Rajagopal, Dublin

Ack Ro' , Jaki Irvine's reflection on the fragility of life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, is an 'ambitious, holistic installation' staged like a 'wild disarray of interconnected yet fragmented pieces'.

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b. 1960, Australia

Tracey Moffatt Biography

Tracey Moffatt is an Australian photographer and filmmaker who came to prominence in the late 1980s, producing a robust body of work that strikes a profound, somewhat uncomfortable chord in the viewer, addressing difficult, deeply rooted issues surrounding race, sexuality, history and identity. Her photographs are elaborate, dramatic and almost filmic, driving the subject at hand. This has had an influential effect on her films, which are highly experimental, both formally and stylistically, and echo the non-realism of still photography.

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There is a strong narrative through her work, yet this is unstated and non-linear, being implied by portraying the pain and uncertainty that comes with the above issues. Reflecting Moffatt’s own life and experiences—such as the contentious relations between white Australians and Indigenous Australians in her celebrated 1989 series Something More—her use of unwritten narrative allows her to side-step specifics and create more universal observations.

Moffatt studied visual communications at the Queensland College of Art, graduating in 1982, first showcasing her works in a solo exhibition in 1989 at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney. She has since exhibited in many major museums and galleries around the world including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (2003–04); Hasselblad Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden (2004); and the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2011), and has works in the collections of Tate, the National Gallery of Australia and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Moffat’s films have had much international success, including being selected for official competition at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival, and her first feature film, beDevil, being selected in 1993. She has also exhibited at the 1997 Venice Biennale, in the Aperto section, and in 2007 was awarded the 2007 Infinity Award for art by the International Center of Photography.

Tracey Moffatt Featured Artworks

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The Visit by Tracey Moffatt contemporary artwork
Tracey MoffattThe Visit, 2019c-type print
79 x 200 cm
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The Outlaw by Tracey Moffatt contemporary artwork
Tracey MoffattThe Outlaw, 2019c-type print
79 x 200 cm
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The Hospital Ship by Tracey Moffatt contemporary artwork
Tracey MoffattThe Hospital Ship, 2019c-type print
79 x 200 cm
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The Bunker by Tracey Moffatt contemporary artwork
Tracey MoffattThe Bunker, 2019c-type print
79 x 200 cm
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The Arrival/Departure by Tracey Moffatt contemporary artwork
Tracey MoffattThe Arrival/Departure, 2019c-type print
79 x 200 cm
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The Airport by Tracey Moffatt contemporary artwork
Tracey MoffattThe Airport, 2019c-type print
79 x 200 cm
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9. Washing by Tracey Moffatt contemporary artwork
Tracey Moffatt9. Washing, 2018Digital pigment print on rag paper
152 x 227 cm
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3. Touch by Tracey Moffatt contemporary artwork
Tracey Moffatt3. TouchDigital pigment print on rag paper
152 x 227 cm
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Tracey Moffatt Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, (SELF) PORTRAITS at Parkett, Zurich
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22 February–18 July 2020 Group Exhibition (SELF) PORTRAITS Parkett, Zurich Exhibition Space
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, She who tells a story – Women and Photography at Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon
Closed
19 September–9 November 2019 Group Exhibition She who tells a story – Women and Photography Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon
Contemporary art exhibition, Tracey Moffatt, Portals at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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12 July–3 August 2019 Tracey Moffatt Portals Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

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Tracey Moffatt In Ocula Magazine

Tracey Moffatt Ocula Conversation Tracey Moffatt Natalie King, Sydney

Since graduating from Queensland College of Art in 1982 and following her first solo exhibition at the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, in 1989, Tracey Moffatt has become one of Australia's most renowned contemporary artists. She first gained significant critical acclaim when her short experimental film Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy...

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Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh Ocula Conversation Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh Rachael Vance, Brisbane

Having held the dual role of co-directors of Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art (IMA) for almost two years, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh have shaken up the city’s contemporary art landscape. The unprecedented formulation of a joint vocation of director and curator shared between two people saw two outsiders hailing from Canada and...

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Tracey Moffatt In Related Press

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Review: Dark Rooms - Women Directing the Lens 1978–98, Griffith University Art Museum Related Press Review: Dark Rooms - Women Directing the Lens 1978–98, Griffith University Art Museum 1 August 2018, Artshub

There is a feeling you sometimes get when you are witness to an important moment - a moment in history, a moment for change, an act of empowered voices. This exhibition captures one such moment. Dark Rooms: Women Directing the Lens 1978 - 98 has been curated by Naomi Evans for the Griffith University Art Museum, in Brisbane, and surveys a...

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Tracey Moffatt: My Horizon Related Press Tracey Moffatt: My Horizon 29 June 2017, Art Almanac

My Horizon can be about one wanting to see beyond where one is. It can mean to have vision. It can mean to project out and exist in the realm of one's imagination. This is what artists do, this is what I do and this is what saves me —Tracey Moffatt. As a young Yorta Yorta woman I was at university studying in Melbourne when I came across...

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11 national pavilions and exhibition to see at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 Related Press 11 national pavilions and exhibition to see at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 23 May 2017, Art Radar Journal

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play — United Arab Emirates Curated by Hammad Nasar, commissioned by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and supported by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, the exhibition features existing, new commissions and re-fabrications of 'lost' works by five UAE-based artists. The...

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Giardini Pavilion Highlights from the 57th Venice Biennale Related Press Giardini Pavilion Highlights from the 57th Venice Biennale 11 May 2017, Whitewall

JAPANESE PAVILION , Takahiro Iwasaki: Turned Upside Down, It's a Forest Takahiro Iwasaki has created a multifaceted spatial experience of viewing the Itsukushima Shrine located in Hiroshima, where the artist was born, raised, and continues to work. Viewers can see the site from the perspective of a bird, insect, or fish, skewing the...

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