Venice Biennale 2017/2019
Established in 1895, the Venice Biennale is the world's oldest and most prestigious biennale of international contemporary art. Australia's representation at the Venice Biennale began in 1954, and since then 36 distinguished contemporary visual artists have exhibited under the Australia banner.
Tracey Moffatt will be the sole artist representing Australia at the 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2017. Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia's most successful artists, both nationally and internationally. Highly regarded for her formal and stylistic experimentation in film, photography and video, her work draws on the history of cinema, art and photography as well as popular culture and her own childhood memories and fantasies.
Under the leadership of Commissioner Naomi Milgrom AO, the 2017 exhibition will be curated by Natalie King, a widely published arts writer with more than two decades experience in international contemporary art. Her unique cultural footprint has seen her develop expertise and networks across indigenous as well as contemporary arts.
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. The Australia Council is focused on increasing the visibility of Australia's vibrant arts and culture, and recognising the evolving way that Australians make and experience art. Council's role is to support the unimagined along with the reimagined, the unknown and experimental along with the keenly anticipated. The Australia Council is a champion for Australian arts both here and overseas. The Australia Council invests in artistic excellence through support for all facets of the creative process, and is committed to the arts being accessible to all Australians.
Why did we fund this project? Having contributed to the redevelopment of the Australian Pavilion in Venice between 2013-2015, the Nelson Meers Foundation is delighted to continue its commitment to showcasing Australian art on the international stage through this prestigious global exhibition. We can think of no better representative at the 2017 Biennale than the remarkable Tracey Moffatt.
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The press release about Tracey Moffatt’s selection to represent at Australia at the Venice Biennale 2017 can be found here.