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Tracey Moffatt | My Horizon, Venice Biennale 2017


Tracey Moffatt is regarded as one of Australia's most successful Artists of in her homeland and abroad. Her photographs are evocative and reference the history of Art of Photography exploring her own childhood memories and fantasies, of focussing on issues of race sexuality and identity. Moffatt is best known for her photographic works, but she has created numerous short films, documentaries, focussing on Australian Aboriginal people.

I recently went to the Venice Biennale to see her work at the Australian Pavilion, it more than surpassed my expectation. Upon entering into the semi darkness, the images were mesmerising, evocative and the pain of her subjects was palpable.

Tracey Moffatt grew up in foster care in a working class suburb in Brisbane.

Moffatt was fascinated with the. Media, in particular its randomness and emotional influence of images of fantasy and other realities from across the world, film sequences were filed away in her memory. For the Venice Biennale Moffatt has assembled two new photographic series.,

Body Remembers and Passage

Body Remembers is a suite of ten large photographs tinged with sepia. The story tells of a maid returning to a ruin wearing a 1950's black dress trimmed with lace, a white apron and Victorian mourning earrings. The maid is trapped in mourning within the ruin.