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Tracey Moffatt

Tracey Moffatt is highly regarded for her formal and stylistic experimentation in film, photography and video. Her work draws on history of cinema, art and photography as well as popular culture and her own childhood memories and fantasies.

Born in Brisbane Australia 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. In the 1980's and early 90's, she worked as a director on documentaries and music videos for television. She first gained significant critical acclaim for her film work when the short film "Night Cries" was selected for official competion 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 1997/9 consolidated her international reputation. She is now based in New York and returns frequently to the north of Australia where she works and lives on the beach.

Whether filmic or photographic, each of Tracey Moffatt's images is are carefully constructed. None of them presents itself as a "reproduction of reality"; on the contrary, they are produced by meticulous artistry in the studio or in artificial decors, after a preparatory phase of drawing and the creation of a veritable storyboard, as well as a casting process and a technical study.Tracey Moffatt’s work appears as a surprising mix of the indeterminate and the brutally precise, the timeless and the contemporary. The result is a taut, sometimes disturbing body of work. The kinds of images she makes are often confronting, thought provoking reflections on contemporary Australian life, and post colonial theory. (7/12)

A film collaboration between Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg, 1999, 10 min., Color

Internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Tracey Moffatt takes the viewer on a fast-paced journey through Hollywood's depiction of the arti...

A film by Tracey Moffatt, 1993, 90 min., Color

BEDEVIL is the stunning debut feature from Tracey Moffatt (NIGHT CRIES, NICE COLORED GIRLS) and the first feature directed by an Australian Aboriginal...

A film by Tracey Moffatt, 1997, 28 min., Color

This playful video from famed director and photographer Tracey Moffatt turns the tables on traditional representations of desire to examine the power ...

A film collaboration between Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg, 1999, 10 min., Color

It is Hollywood’s favorite role for black women: the maid. Sassy or sweet, snickeringly attentive or flippantly dismissive, the performers who play t...

A film collaboration between Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg, 2003, 21 min., Color/BW

“The clinch that signals the fade-out in so many movies is just the beginning of Love, as Moffatt and editor Hillberg turn their energetic montage tec...

Nice Colored Girls
A film by Tracey Moffatt, 1987, 16 min., Color

This stylistically daring film audaciously explores the history of exploitation between white men and Aboriginal women, juxtaposing the “first encount...

Night Cries
A film by Tracey Moffatt, 1990, 19 min., Color

On an isolated, surreal Australian homestead, a middle-aged Aboriginal woman nurses her dying white mother. The adopted daughter’s attentive gestures ...

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