• Tracey Moffatt's 'Hell' from the series Passage 2017: type C photograph on gloss paper 105.5 x 156cm (Courtesy of Artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney & Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York)Source: Courtesy of Artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney & Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York
Tracey Moffatt has launched a preview work titled Hell from her newest exhibition My Horizons prior to the upcoming presentation of her works at the Australia Pavillion at Venice Biennale in Italy. Notably it's the first time for an Aboriginal woman to host a solo exhibition.
Nancia Guivarra

24 Mar 2017 - 2:10 PM  UPDATED 19 May 2017 - 4:52 PM

The launch of globally recognised Australian artist Tracey Moffatt's preview work 'Hell' was highly anticipated; being the only image to be shown before her full show opening in Venice on the 13th of May.  Hell was revealed in Sydney at Carriageworks from Moffatt's series Passage 2017.

The My Horizon collection curated by Natalie King is an installation of large-scale photography (1.5x 1m) and film works that explore Moffatt's ongoing themes about personal relationships, childhood memories and popular culture.

“My Horizon is very open and can be read in many ways,” said Moffatt.

“The horizon line can represent the far and distant future or the unobtainable. There are times in life when we all can see what is ‘coming over the horizon’. This is when we make a move. Or we do nothing and just wait for whatever it is to arrive.”

Originally from Brisbane, Moffatt is a highly sought after and internationally acclaimed artist who has made headlines with her work since her short film Night Cries: a rural tragedy, was selected for the 1990 Cannes Film Festival (closely followed in 1993 by the feature length film beDevil).  Tracey exhibited at Venice in 1997, the same year she held a major exhibition Free Falling at the DIA Centre for the Arts in New York in 1997-1998.  Her extensive biography of works shown around the world since then underlines the reasons why she is considered to be Australia's most successful artist.

In 2016 Moffatt was awarded the Order of Australia medal for her distinguished service to the visual and performing arts as a photography and filmmaker. She continues to be a trailblazer and role model for all Indigenous people and especially for women.  

About the Venice Biennale

Beginning in 1895, the Venice Biennale is considered the most prestigious event on the international contemporary arts calendar. This year it will attract more than 30,000 artists and arts professionals and more than half a million art lovers from around the globe to Giardini della Biennale, the gardens of eastern Venice where the Australia Pavillion is located.  It originally began as just a visual arts exhibition and today showcases architecture, arts, theatre, music, dance and cinema.

Tracey's exhibiton will be on display from the 13th of May to the 26th of November 2017 at the Australian Pavillion at the Giardini della Biennale, east gardens of Venice.  

Above: Curator Natalie King, artist Tracey Moffatt and philanthropist Naomi Milgrom,

Biography of Moffatt's Works: Courtesy of the Australia Council for the Arts

Major survey exhibitions of Moffatt’s work have been held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2003–4), the Hasselblad Centre in Göteburg, Sweden (2004), the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2011), the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2014) and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2016). In 2006, she had her first retrospective exhibition Tracey Moffatt: Between Dreams and Reality in Italy, at Spazio Oberdan, Milan. In 2007 a major monograph, The Moving Images of Tracey Moffatt by Catherine Summerhayes was published by Charta Publishers, Milan. A solo survey exhibition featuring all seven video montage works at the Museum of Modern Art, New York opened in May 2012. In 2016, Christine Macel curated Moffatt’s montage film Love in Prospectif Cinéma at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. She has been selected for the Biennales of Gwangju, Prague, São Paulo, Sharjah, Singapore and Sydney. Moffatt was the recipient of the 2007 Infinity Award for Art by the International Center of Photography, New York honouring her outstanding achievement in the field of photography. Her work is held in major international collections including the Australian National Gallery, Canberra; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Gallery, London.