Hatje Cantz Publishers
Rain Taxi, December 2000
Tracey Moffatt's films and stills are dreamy and detached. They suspend fact and fiction
"Laudanum," is particularly (and appropriately) hallucinatory.
About the Author
Born in 1960 in Brisbane, Australia, Tracey Moffatt works in photography and video installation. Her work has been featured in the Cannes Film Festival, the Venice Biennale, and in Site Santa Fe exhibitions. Free-falling, her exhibition of photographs and video work at the Dia Center for the Arts, New York, was among the most highly praised exhibitions of 1997/98. She lives and works in Sydney, Australia.
Edited by Brigitte Reinhardt. Essays by Stefan Berg, Brigitte Reinhardt, and Alexander Tolnay.
Since her exhibition at the Dia Center for the Arts in New York in 1997/98, Australian artist Tracey Moffatt has been one of the most-watched international artists. Of Aboriginal descent, Moffatt combines the artificial aspects of theater and film with a kinetic documentary approach to achieve highly emotional films and photographic series located on the border between reality and the surreal. Drawing on well-known pictorial styles from films, photography and art history and adopting elements of advertising and trash-TV, Moffatt explores existential themes, sexuality and power, birth and death, desires, dreams and memories, as well as Aboriginal related themes concerning the unknown, the outcast, and the marginal. Her visual scenarios are imbued with a great intensity, full of atmospheric strangeness and contradictory emotions. This book offers a representative selection of her work in a compact form, including the until now unpublished series "laudanum", which was completed in 1998.
"Currently Australia's foremost photographic artist." --fotoMagazin