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Tracey Moffatt to Represent Australia at 2017 Venice Biennale

The Australia Council for the Arts today announced that artist Tracey Moffatt will represent Australia at the 57th edition of the Venice Biennale in 2017. Curated by Natalie King, Moffatt’s solo exhibition will be presented in the Australian pavilion designed by Denton Corker Marshall, which was inaugurated in 2015 with a solo exhibition by artist Fiona Hall.

Moffatt is the first Australian indigenous artist to have a solo show at the Venice Biennale. Best known for her work in film, photography, and video, Moffatt draws from the history of cinema, art, and popular culture. She was previously invited to Venice in 1997 to present work in the Aperto section of the Venice Biennale that year and has had solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Dia Center for the Arts, New York; the Hasselblad Centre in Goteburg, Sweden; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Born in Brisbane in 1960, Moffatt studied visual communications at the Queensland College of Art, graduating in 1982, and first gained critical acclaim when her short film Night Cries was selected for competition at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. Her first feature film, beDevil, was also shown at Cannes in 1993.