• A scene from Tracey Moffatt's (pictured) 'Bedevil' (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Tracey Moffatt will become Australia's first solo Indigenous artist to represent the country at the Venice Biennale in 2017.
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NITV Staff Writer

17 Dec 2015 - 11:48 AM  UPDATED 17 Dec 2015 - 11:52 AM

Esteemed artist Tracey Moffatt has been selected to present her art at the Australian Pavilion at the world-famous 57th international arts exhibition, Venice Biennale in 2017.

"I've already started on my artworks for the Australian Pavilion. Thank you, this is a privilege for me," she told media.

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"Last week when [2017 Venice Biennale] Commissioner Naomi Milgrom telephoned to inform me that it was to be me Ms Moffatt for Venice in 2017 I was a little in shock."

"Last week when [2017 Venice Biennale] Commissioner Naomi Milgrom telephoned to inform me that it was to be me Ms Moffatt for Venice in 2017 I was a little in shock"

Naomi Milgrom AO said she was looking forward to Tracey heading to Italy for the festival.

"Tracey is the first Australian Indigenous artist to present a solo exhibition at the Venice Biennale marking this appointment as significant, bold and inspirational," she said.

"With a career spanning over 25 years, Tracey is one of Australia's celebrated and differentiated contemporary artists, invigorating the art scene both locally and internationally."

"Tracey is one of Australia's celebrated and differentiated contemporary artists, invigorating the art scene both locally and internationally"

Tracey Moffatt is known both nationally and internationally for her stylistic experimentation with pop culture and childhood memories using video and photography. 

Tracey was chosen by a five-member panel: Naomi Milgrom AO, Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale 2017, Chair of the Selection Advisory Panel; Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator, Public Art Fund, New York; Rebecca Coates, Acting Director, Shepparton Art Museum and independent curator; Lisa Havilah, Director, Carriageworks; and Chris Saines, Director, Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art.Her exhibition will be curated by Natalie King,a curator and an arts writer.