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Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions

Fiona Tan - Terminology
19 July - 23 September 2014
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum for Photography, Japan

Fiona Tan, Nellie
19 July - 27 September 2014
Wako Works of Art, Tokyo

Fiona Tan - Options & Futures
7 April - 19 September 2014
Rabo Kunst Zone, Utrecht

Go-Betweens
31 May - 31 August 2014
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

Art Project Inujima
Benesse Art Site, Inujima, Japan





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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.








 

 

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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Vox Populi Switzerland, 2010

photographic installation
254 individually framed colour photographs (13 x 18 cm), 8 x 2.3 m


 
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Vox Populi Switzerland, 2010

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