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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Tracey Moffatt

b. 1960, Australia

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.

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.

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Featured Artworks

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9. Washing by Tracey Moffatt contemporary artwork Tracey Moffatt9. Washing, 2018 Digital pigment print on rag paper
152 x 227 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
3. Touch by Tracey Moffatt contemporary artwork Tracey Moffatt3. Touch Digital pigment print on rag paper
152 x 227 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
4. Rock shadow by Tracey Moffatt contemporary artwork Tracey Moffatt4. Rock shadow, 2017 Digital pigment print on rag paper
152 x 227 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Beauties (in cream) by Tracey Moffatt contemporary artwork Tracey MoffattBeauties (in cream), 1994 black and white photograph, colour tinted in lab during printing process
110 x 89 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Beauties (in mulberry) by Tracey Moffatt contemporary artwork Tracey MoffattBeauties (in mulberry), 1994 black and white photograph, colour tinted in lab during printing process
110 x 89 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Beauties (in wine) by Tracey Moffatt contemporary artwork Tracey MoffattBeauties (in wine), 1994 black and white photograph, colour tinted in lab during printing process
110 x 89 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Plantation (Diptych No. 11) by Tracey Moffatt contemporary artwork Tracey MoffattPlantation (Diptych No. 11), 2009 digital print with archival pigments, InkAid, watercolour paint and archival glue on handmade Chautara Lokta paper
46 x 50.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Plantation (Diptych No. 10) by Tracey Moffatt contemporary artwork Tracey MoffattPlantation (Diptych No. 10), 2009 digital print with archival pigments, InkAid, watercolour paint and archival glue on handmade Chautara Lokta paper
46 x 50.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Tracey Moffatt, Spirit Landscapes at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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12 September–12 October 2013 Tracey Moffatt Spirit Landscapes Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Roslyn Oxley9, Hong Kong International Art Fair at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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25–28 May 2011 Roslyn Oxley9 Hong Kong International Art Fair Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

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Tracey Moffatt Ocula Conversation Tracey Moffatt Artist, Australia

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 (1990)...

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Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh Ocula Conversation Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh Executive Directors, Institute of Modern Art, 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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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 Artshub : 1 August 2018

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 moment in...

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

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 Art Radar Journal : 23 May 2017

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play — United Arab EmiratesCurated 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 show...

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

JAPANESE PAVILION, Takahiro Iwasaki: Turned Upside Down, It's a ForestTakahiro 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 perception of...

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