Coinciding with Tracey Moffatt’s exhibition at the Venice Biennale of Art in 2017, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins in partnership with the Monash Gallery of Art presents a selection of works from two of Moffatt’s most iconic series of photographic works Up In The Sky and Scarred for Life.
Tracey Moffatt (1960–) is an artist and filmmaker of Aboriginal descent. From the age of three, Moffatt was raised by a foster family in the suburbs of Brisbane and graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 1982. She relocated to Sydney in 1983 and began exhibiting photographs and producing short films, documentaries and music videos. During the 1980s she also became involved with Indigenous politics and was arrested in England for protesting the launch of the First Fleet to commemorate the Australian Bicentenary. She helped establish the Boomalli Aboriginal Artist Co-operative in Sydney in 1987 and became a prominent figure within this first generation of Indigenous artists to exhibit work in contemporary art spaces. Over the past 30 years, she has continued to work in both still and moving images and has a significant international profile. Tracey Moffatt is currently representing Australia at the prestigious 2017 Venice Biennale.