As we at Culture Scouts continue to ramp up for our 3 June 2017 Indigenous Storytelling tour, it seems fitting to spotlight one of Australia’s best loved artists who will be featured on the tour.
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In support of artist Carol Ruff, Australian great Tracey Moffatt helped created the famous eighties 40,000 years mural that is opposite Redfern station. According to Vanessa Berry, the mural was designed by Ruff, while Moffatt aided by asking the local community what they wanted included in the mural.
Moffatt is now a household name, and is currently exhibiting in the Australian Pavilion at the 57th Biennale in Venice. She is the first Indigenous Australian to have a solo show there.
The last artists of indigenous descent to exhibit in the pavilion were in 1997.
Tracey's installation at the Australian Pavilion titled My Horizon depicts the human condition in her trademark stylised still photography and video works.
"I wanted the 40s-era film noir images to read as being 'of the past’,” she says, “but the storyline speaks about what is happening in the world today, with asylum seekers crossing borders."
Moffatt’s work is cinematographic, poignant and dramatic in its authority on themes synonymous to her practice and on a global scale. Although constructed through a postcolonial lens, it is her ability to tell a universal story that is the key to her success.
Tracey Moffat's biography on the Art Gallery of NSW website describes her as "probably Australia's most successful artist ever, both nationally and internationally'.
Although identifying as an indigenous artist she has eschewed traditional indigenous art making practice; preferring to tell her story through the lens and through film. Referencing childhood memories and merging them with her own constructed dramas. Moffatt plays director to glamorised film like stills that touch on themes of displacement, drama, fairytales, race, identity, sex and gender.
You can see and hear about Moffatt's contribution to the street art of Redfern on Culture Scouts Indigenous Storytelling tour on Saturday June 3rd.
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