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Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions

No Man's Land
2 December 2015 - 28 May 2016
Rubell Family Collection, Miami

Disorient
13 February - 29 May 2016
Museum Arnhem, NL

Fiona Tan, The Geography of Time
20 February - 28 August 2016
MUDAM, Luxembourg

Trans-Pacific Transmissions
4 June - 5 September 2016
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada

Tempest
10 June - 26 November 2016
Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart

Inventory
5 July - 2 October 2016
National Museum of Art, Osaka

Ascent - Fiona Tan
17 July - 16 October 2017
Izu Photo Museum, Japan

Fiona Tan. Geografie der Zeit
17 September 2016 - 15 January 2017
Museum für moderne Kunst, Frankfurt


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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 and Wako Works of Art, Tokyo.







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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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Lift, silkscreen, 2000

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