Tracey Moffatt: Body Remembers
Mosman Art Gallery is proud to present Tracey Moffatt: Body Remembers, the first New South Wales showing of Moffatt’s photographic series, Body Remembers (2017) and video work, Vigil (2017), from her popularly and critically acclaimed 57th Venice Biennale exhibition.
Through a series of ten sepia toned photographs, Body Remembers recalls a history that is at once personal and universal—alluding to Moffatt’s own matrilineal history of domestic servitude and the broader experience of colonisation. These minimalist and highly evocative photographs portray the artist herself in character, playing a maid in a bygone era, the 1950s who is seemingly trapped or stranded, in isolated colonial property. The vast, deserted landscape that surrounds her evoking a dreamlike state and a sense of ambiguity, the landscape itself is both nowhere and unknowable. The images speak to senses of loss, longing, sorrow and gravity in a vexed emotional terrain.
Curated by Natalie King for the ‘My Horizon’ exhibition, these works were commissioned by Naomi Milgrom AO for the Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Pavilion in the Venice Biennale 2017. The artist was supported in the development of these works by Mosman Art Gallery through our residency program. Collection of Neil Balnaves AO. Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.
Image: Tracey Moffatt, Spanish Window, 2017, Body Remembers, digital pigment print on rag paper, 152 × 227 cm (image size), Edition of 6 + AP 2. Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia.