Past Exhibitions

Fiona Tan
Rise and Fall

May 8 to September 6, 2010


Fiona Tan
Rise and Fall, (production still)
two-channel video installation
22 minutes
Courtesy of the Artist and Frith Street Gallery, London




Fiona Tan
Rise and Fall, (production stills)
two-channel video installation
22 minutes
Courtesy of the Artist and Frith Street Gallery, London
Fiona Tan is internationally regarded for her films, videos and photographs and was highly acclaimed for her participation in the 2009 Venice Biennaleís Dutch Pavilion. Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall features video installations and photographic series produced by this Amsterdam-based artist during the past three years. This major exhibition is an unprecedented opportunity for North American audiences to view Tanís powerful explorations of identity and belonging in a world increasingly shaped by global culture.

The exhibition marks a new trajectory for the artist and documents this important stage in Tanís career. Although much of Tanís earlier work focused on the use of found archival images, her recent projects involve the use of actors and location shooting. The works address her long-standing interest in the documentary image, both personal and public, and the role of memory and forgetting in the construction of identity. These ideas are represented in works that range in size and media, from framed photographs and drawings to monitor-scaled digital installations and theatrically-scaled projections.

An integral component of the exhibition is a new two-channel film installation commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery specifically for this exhibition. The new work, Rise and Fall, was filmed in Niagara Falls, Belgium and the Netherlands, constructing a narrative of isolation, loss and dislocation by using water as an evocative metaphor for the memories of a womanís life.

Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall is co-organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau and curated by Bruce Grenville, senior curator, Vancouver Art Gallery. Supported by the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.

With generous support provided by Rick Erickson and Donna Partridge, Jane Irwin, and Sherry Killam