Tracey Moffatt


Tracey Moffatt

Tracey Moffatt is an Australian photographer and filmmaker. Her work reflects her views on Aboriginality and the misconceptions about and representations of her people in art and cinema. Her earliest photographic work, a series of black-and-white portraits of members of the Aboriginal and Islander Dance Company, was entitled Some Lads (1986), and was a subtly subversive take on the 19th-century ethnographic photograph. Using a documentary style, Moffatt often draws on images from film and television made during her youth in the 1960s and 1970s as an adopted half-Aboriginal child in a white family. She carefully stages images to reflect familiar tableaux, but with a twist.


Night Cries, A Rural Tragedy
Length: 19 minutes
Courtesy Women Make Movies, New York

On an isolated, surreal Australian homestead, a middle-aged Aboriginal woman nurses her dying white mother. The adopted daughter’s attentive gestures mask an almost palpable hostility. Their story alludes to the assimilation policy that forced Aboriginal children to be raised in white families. The stark, sensual drama unfolds without dialogue against vivid painted sets as the smooth crooning of an Aboriginal Christian singer provides ironic counterpoint.

Length: 90 minutes
Courtesy Women Make Movies, New York

Inspired by ghost stories she heard as a child from both her extended Aboriginal and Irish Australian families, Tracey Moffatt has constructed a sublime trilogy in which characters are haunted by the past and bewitched by memories. All three stories are set in Moffatt’s highly stylized, hyper-real, hyper-imaginary Australian landscape.

Screenings dates and times

Winnipeg Art Gallery

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