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Guapa (Goodlooking) 9, from the series Guapa (Goodlooking)



Tracey Moffatt

Australia, United States of America

12 Nov 1960 -


'Guapa (Goodlooking)' 1995 is a series of 10 images which were executed when the artist was in residence at ArtPace in Texas in 1995. The series continues Moffatt’s concerns in that she operates as a director and picture maker, rather than picture taker. 'Guapa', like previous series, is about the influence of popular culture, in this case the American roller derby which was televised around the world some decades ago. Moffatt hired local models and posed them in the studio in order to recreate the effect of theatre and violence inherent in sport. That the players are women who are violent is also important. The beauty and heroism is enhanced by printing black & white negatives onto colour photographic paper - the bleached backgrounds and the magenta tints give the work a dreamy quality. The memory of watching black and white television is further enhanced by the flat back frames which should accompany these prints.

As Frances Colpitt has written in the ArtPace catalogue, "In its deception, Moffatt's work is about role-playing, and its effects on identity and autobiography. Deriving from personal experiences and memories, its scope is universal: we all play roles most of our lives".




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type C photograph


83.0 x 101.6 cm image 92.9 x 110.7 cm frame

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Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1996


Not on display

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Tracey Moffatt

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 4 publications


Centre national de la photographie and Centre Cultural de la Fundació "la Caixa", Tracey Moffatt, Paris, 1999, 53 (colour illus.).

Colpitt, New Works: 95.2, United States of America, 1995, 5.

Gael Newton and Tracey Moffatt, Tracey Moffatt Fever Pitch, Guapa, Sydney, 1995, 115 (illus.). Page 21 contains some text about the Guapa (Goodlooking) series

Justin Spring, Art and Text, 'Hunters & collectors', pg. 60-65, Rose Bay, Feb 1998, 65 (colour illus.).