Mof­fatt films on show

Renowned artist’s ode to cinema

The Northern Star - - NEWS - JAS­MINE BURKE Jas­mine.Burke@north­ern­star.com.au

THE Lis­more Re­gional Gallery has added an­other high cal­i­bre ex­hi­bi­tion to its care­fully cu­rated list with work by one of the most im­por­tant Aus­tralian con­tem­po­rary artists, Tracey Mof­fatt, go­ing on dis­play

The suc­cess­ful filmmaker and pho­tog­ra­pher has es­tab­lished a global mar­ket for her work, hav­ing held about 100 solo ex­hi­bi­tions.

A di­rec­tor of photo-nar­ra­tives, Ms Mof­fatt was highly re­garded for her for­mal and stylis­tic ex­per­i­men­ta­tion in film, pho­tog­ra­phy and video.

The Art Gallery of NSW re­gards her as “prob­a­bly Aus­tralia’s most suc­cess­ful artist ever”.

Her pho­to­graphs often ref­er­ence the his­tory of art and pho­tog­ra­phy, as well as her own child­hood mem­o­ries and fan­tasies, ex­plor­ing is­sues of race, gen­der, sex­u­al­ity and iden­tity. Mon­tages: The Full Cut, 19992015 presents the full suite of eight mon­tage films by Ms Mof­fatt and her long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor Gary Hill­berg, an ex­per­i­men­tal filmmaker and mu­sic video pro­ducer since the late 1980s.

Ex­hib­ited all to­gether for the first time, these works span 16 years of their col­lab­o­ra­tive prac­tice, from the first mon­tage work cre­ated in 1999 to the lat­est in 2015. Mon­tages: The Full Cut claims to be an ode to cinema and to the cin­e­matic form, of­fer­ing un­prece­dented in­sight into the stereo­types that pop­u­late our col­lec­tive cul­tural imag­i­na­tion.

Min­ing an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of iconic Hol­ly­wood films, tele­movies and art­house cinema, the work in­vents new fic­tions and plays with nar­ra­tive and char­ac­ter con­ven­tions to cre­ate highly charged com­po­si­tions on polemic themes such as love, art, rev­o­lu­tion and de­struc­tion.

Ms Mof­fatt is re­garded in­ter­na­tion­ally as one of the most im­por­tant Aus­tralian artists of our time, and in 2017 be­came the first in­dige­nous artist to present a solo ex­hi­bi­tion at the Venice Bi­en­nale.

Mon­tages: The Full Cut runs un­til May 27 at the Lis­more Re­gional Gallery, 11 Ru­ral St.

Photo: TRACEY MOF­FATT

SOME­THING MORE: One of the many fa­mous im­ages by distin­guished Aus­tralian filmmaker and pho­tog­ra­pher Tracey Mof­fatt. Lis­more Re­gional Gallery is cur­rently host­ing Mon­tages: The Full Cut, 1999-2015, which is the full suite of eight mon­tage films by Ms...

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