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Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions

Landfall and Departure: Epilogue
11 January – 10 March 2018
Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo

The End of Love
30 August – 26 November 2017
Whitechapel Gallery, London

Die Kraft des Alters / Aging Pride
16 November 2017 – 11 March 2018
Belvedere, Vienna

Weerzien / ReView
16 September 2017 – 18 February 2018
Museum de Pont, Tilburg




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Introducing

Fiona Tan is an artist working primarily with film and video. She is best known for her skillfully crafted and intensely moving installations, in which explorations of identity, memory and history are key.

Fiona Tan initially became known for a body of work that relied on the use of archival films, questioning the observer and the observed and challenging the assumptions of the colonial past. Portraiture has been explored in various works combining an analysis of its art-historical and sociological context with how time influences our perception of those portrayed. Recent works concentrate on how memory is connected to images in our mind and on how inaccurate and yet creative memory can be. Throughout her work Tan shows a continuing interest in the motivations of the traveler or explorer. The question how we represent ourselves and what mechanisms determine how we interpret the representation of others, are repeatedly being investigated, revealing what is behind and also beyond the confines of the image.

Both poetic and subversive, Tan’s work is characterized by great attention to detail, accomplished editing of sound, word and image and the careful use of the sculptural space and architecture in which a piece is presented. These elements combine to produce a sensory experience equal to its intellectual content. The elements of man’s existence – our sensual impressions, the interplay of memory, knowledge and image, and our awareness of time and space – seem to collide and merge into one intensified experience of being. Tan is, as one writer put it, an artist of ‘images that refresh the gaze.’

Early works such as Facing Forward (1998) have been analyzed from a post colonial perspective, while her explorations of the portrait genre address notions of the self and the complex status of the portrait as a medium of representation. Countenance (2002) and The Changeling (2006) have been discussed within the discourse on the archive and archival principles. Notions of painting seem to surface in her use of colors, the visual richness of the images and the quiet, timeless character of the viewing experience. Whilst the spatial concerns that lie at the heart of how her installations are conceived, recall the concerns of sculpture.

Tan has participated in many international exhibitions including the Documenta and the Biennales of Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Sydney and Yokohama. In 2009 Tan represented The Netherlands at the Venice Biennale. Her work is represented in numerous international public and private collections including the Tate Modern, London, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the New Museum, New York.

Fiona Tan lives and works in Amsterdam. She is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo and Peter Freeman Gallery, New York.







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Contact

Fiona Tan is represented by:

Frith Street Gallery, London
www.frithstreetgallery.com
ann.marie@frithstreetgallery.com

Wako Works of Art, Tokyo
www.wako-art.jp
info@wako-art.jp



Contact:
info@fionatan.nl





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Rise and Fall, 2009

HD installation, 21 min.
two channel, colour, stereo

For her two-screen installation, Rise and Fall, Tan filmed in Niagara Falls, Belgium and the Netherlands, constructing a narrative of isolation, loss and dislocation by using water as an evocative metaphor for time and for memories of a woman’s life. Tan interperses images of an older and younger woman – depicting a story of two lives while suggesting they may be the same person – with images of moving bodies of water. The viewer is shown glimpse of intimate moments – bathing, caresses of a lover, routine make-up application – that both unite and divide these two iterations of a woman separated by time. Pointing to the ephemeral nature of human existence, Rise and Fall offers a meditation on the reflective gaze and examines how memories influence how we live in the present. The imposing scale of the installation confronts the viewer with a visceral, bodily experience and captures the tension between the past and the future, between memory and forgetting.


 
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Rise and Fall, 2009

Stills