The Weekend Australian - Review - - Film - Tim Dou­glas The Week­end Aus­tralian Re­view

Tracey Mof­fatt was liv­ing in Al­bury, on the NSW-Vic­to­rian bor­der, in 1989 when she cre­ated a se­ries of works that would put her on the path to great­ness. The work was called Some­thing More, a nar­ra­tive se­ries of staged cin­e­matic pho­to­graphs chron­i­cling a coun­try woman’s long­ing for greener pas­tures. Mof­fatt starred as the wide-eyed in­genue in the se­ries, which she made as a young artist-in-res­i­dence at Al­bury Re­gional Art Gallery. Al­most three decades on, Mof­fatt will be the Aus­tralian rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the Venice Bi­en­nale (see Matthew West­wood’s cover story, pages 8-9). The Bris­bane-based artist’s pho­to­graphic se­ries My Hori­zon will be shown from May 13 along­side the world’s best at the pres­ti­gious art fair. Mean­while, on the other side of the world, at the Mur­ray Arts Mu­seum Al­bury — for­merly ARAG — lo­cals can come and see where Mof­fatt’s the­matic style all be­gan. On the wall in the gallery’s down­stairs ex­hi­bi­tion space is one of the works from Some­thing More. A young, as­pi­ra­tional woman stares out of the frame, flanked by a va­ri­ety of dis­parate char­ac­ters in a rugged Aus­tralian land­scape. I won­der if Mof­fatt, even on those clear­est Mur­ray River days, ever saw Venice from re­gional Aus­tralia. One hopes so. Fringe dwellers, unite: July 11 has been de­clared (by the Scot­tish par­lia­ment) World Fringe Day. More than 200 fringe fes­ti­vals, in­clud­ing Ade­laide’s, will mark the date as a cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion of all things not-so-main­stream. The an­nounce­ment was made to co­in­cide with the 70th an­niver­sary of the first Ed­in­burgh Fringe, that fate­ful day when a conga line of per­form­ers turned up uninvited to the in­au­gu­ral Ed­in­burgh Arts Fes­ti­val and de­cided to put on their own shows. The rest is (a very colour­ful) his­tory that launched the ca­reers of Monty Python, Rowan Atkin­son and Emma Thomp­son, among oth­ers. An­nounc­ing the event, Scot­tish Cabi­net Sec­re­tary for Cul­ture Fiona Hys­lop said Ed­in­burgh had spawned a “global net­work, with fringes on ev­ery con­ti­nent ex­cept Antarc­tica”. Sounds like a chal­lenge to me. Cre­atives of Mac­quarie Is­land: con­sider your­self on no­tice. Face­book: @the­week­endaus­tralian­re­view Twit­ter: @TimDou­glas_Aus Instagram: @Re­view_Aus­tralian

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