The photographic works of Tracy Moffatt are stylistically, dramaturgically and choreographically influenced by film and video. They also show iconographic links to the repertoire of art history.
In the staged sequence of her photo series, Moffatt tells enigmatic, hermetic and yet inter-related stories.
The artist was born in 1960 in Brisbane and now lives in Sydney. Her themes focus on the other, the unknown, the outcast and the margins of society. In her photographs and videos she shows the complex interweaving of human relationships, forged by ethnic, social and gender differences.
Moffatt does not, however, aim to capture reality but to create her own reality. In the instance of the snap-shot, the past, the present and the future of the protagonists seem to gel into a surreal simultaneity. At the same time, the context of the presence of the other in the picture transforms it into an unusual, often unsettling still life of atmospheric strangeness and contradictory emotions.
The catalogue of the exhibition is a co-production between the Kunsthalle Wien and the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart.
Curators: Gerald Matt, Lucas Gehrmann