09 August, 2009
at vernissage tv: For some reason I can't get the embed codes to work. Go directly to VTV's blog entry to see the videos here
Amsterdam-based film and video artist Fiona Tan represents the Netherlands at the 53rd International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Fiona Tan was born in Indonesia and grew up in Australia. In 1988 she moved to the Netherlands to pursue studies at the Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie. Her work has been exhibited widely in numerous international exhibitions and institutions including Documenta 11 (Kassel), Yokohama Triennale (Japan), and the New Museum (New York). Fiona Tan lives and works in Amsterdam, where she teaches at De Ateliers.
In Venice, she presents three video installations: Disorient (2009), a new video installation that draws on the city’s medieval influence before the discovery of new routes to Asia diminished its power; Provenance (2008), a research on 17th-century, “Golden Age” portrait paintings; and Rise and Fall (2009), a video installation that focuses on images of water — turbulent, churning as well as slow-moving and placid — as a metaphor for how memory is formed. Excerpts of the videos are available on the Dutch Pavilion website.
Fiona Tan: Disorient. Dutch Pavilion, 53rd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2009.