Tracey Moffatt

(Australia )

Tracey Moffatt

The work of renowned Australian artist Tracey Moffatt, presented in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, is her first major Canadian exhibition. Moffatt’s work draws freely on memory, fantasy, and popular media. Three key photographic series have been selected for this exhibition: Scarred for Life (1994), Up In The Sky (1998), and Invocations (2000). Scarred for Life is a chain of disturbing vignettes, set in the inner city or suburbs, taken from the child’s or the adolescent’s point of view. Up In The Sky shifts to the Australian outback where mysterious occurrences are steeped apprehension and violence. Invocations is a flight into the mind of the artist where performances and settings have a storybook quality. Ranging from gritty realism to visual poetry, these works introduce Moffatt’s unique perception and extraordinary inventiveness.

 Tracey Moffatt was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1960. A graduate of the Queensland College of Art, she studied visual communication. Her short film Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy was instantly acclaimed and selected for official competition at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. Her practice incorporates photography, short films, documentaries, and music videos. Since her first exhibition of photo-based work in 1989, Moffatt’s work has been shown and collected internationally. Recently, comprehensive survey exhibi- tions of her work have been held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Wellington City Gallery, New Zealand; and the Hasselblad Centre in Goteburg, Sweden.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1380 Sherbrooke St. West
Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion
(514) 285-2000
Tracey Moffatt
September 7, 2005 – December 4, 2005
Tuesday to Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm
Opening Wednesday September 14, 2005 at 6:30pm

Tracey Moffatt, Invocations #8 (2000). Gracieuseté de l’artiste et de la Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney