Tracey Moffat: Between Dreams and Reality

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Skira, Jan 23, 2007 - Art - 144 pages
"Making art is quite therapeutic", Tracey Moffatt once said of herself. This brief statement reveals much of the artist's personality and above all about her manner of interpreting the artistic experience, a practice that frequently refers to her personal episodes and events. An Aborigine by birth, Tracey Moffatt grew up as a foster child in a white family in line with the policy of the time, and she quickly became fascinated by the pop culture of those years. Images drawn from magazines, cinema and television began to form the symbolic universe that would become a point of reference in most of her work, alongside the ever-present and in part autobiographical theme of ostracism and segregation experienced in all its aspects: racial, social, sexual. Childhood memories return, blending with mass culture, and there is no longer any difference. Everything mixes in a non-linear narrative built on several narrative and emotive levels. Elements of a story are gathered, but not the thread that binds them together. The photographic narratives of Moffat draw their essence in part from the empty spaces dividing one image from the next. This complete monograph brings together nearly 150 photographs, including a series of film-stills produced by Moffat from 1989 to the present.

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About the author (2007)

Gabriele Basilico, born in Milan in 1944, first studied architecture, a discipline reflected in his photography. His landscapes avoid human presence and explore the complex interrelationships between built environments and natural ones. Filippo Maggia lives and works between Milan and Turin and collaborates with art journals both in Italy and abroad. He has curated more than 50 group and solo exhibitions and teaches Contemporary History of Photography and Design at the European Institute of Design in Turin. Since 2006 he has been Photography Editor at Skira. In 2007 he received a visiting fellowship from the Royal College of Art in London.

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