• 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
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is sending two First Nations curators to this year's 57th Venice Biennale in Italy.
4 May 2017 - 6:22 PM  UPDATED 4 May 2017 - 6:28 PM

Clothilde Bullen and Emily McDaniel were chosen as part of the Australia Council for the Arts' Professional Development Program for First Nations Curators, it was announced on Thursday.

For Ms McDaniel, the MCA's acting curator Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island programs, it will be her first trip to Europe.

"I am honoured to share this experience alongside so many accomplished First Nations curators that I have admired for many years," she said.

Ms Bullen, who originates from Perth's Wardandi people and is the MCA's curator for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander collections & exhibitions, said it was a privilege to be able to show leadership in the Indigenous visual arts area.

Both curators will receive mentoring and professional development as well as international networking opportunities and the chance to promote contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, as part of the Italian experience.

Adding to the excitement, for the first time, the Australian pavilion in the Venice Giardini will be represented solely by an Aboriginal artist.

Tracey Moffatt will represent the nation with ‘My Horizon’, MCA director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor said.

At the time of the announcement, Venice Biennale 2017 Commissioner Naomi Milgrom AO said in a media release she was excited that Tracey was representing Australia .

“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 the first Australian Indigenous artist to present a solo exhibition at the Venice Biennale marking this appointment as significant, bold and inspirational. A moment to be celebrated by all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, as it will be by all Australians.”

The Venice Biennale, curated this year by renowned French visionary Christine Mace, runs from May 13 to November 26, and is titled Viva Arte Viva.

With AAP

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