Tracey Moffatt

Tracey Moffatt

Adventure Series and Love

16 March–23 April 200516 Mar–23 Apr 2005

Brisbane’s Tracey Moffatt is arguably Australia’s most internationally successful contemporary artist. Her photo-narratives take the form of films and photo-sequences. Her photo-sequence Adventure Series—inspired by Flying Doctor comics and the TV series The Rovers—satirises and celebrates the retro-cheesey ‘adventure’ genre. While Adventure Series suggests a story, it is little more than a collection of familiar tropes. A hunky pilot, a glamorous blonde, and a sinister scuba diver join Moffatt in this outback fantasy, replete with Aboriginal encounters and foul play, all staged before scrupulously fake painted sets. Alongside, Moffatt presents her playful video Love—a collaboration with Gary Hillberg. This montage of hundreds of cliche-sodden clips from well-known Hollywood films charts how love can quickly dissolve into cathartic violence. Adventure Series was produced during an IMA residency.

The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.