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Published in The Guardian, June 2016
With its quizzical title, rewind-effect opening, and collage structure, this film from artist Fiona Tan is a confident feature debut that isn’t afraid to put complex ideas on screen along with an assured visual sense.
Published in The Guardian, July 2015
Once Tan read about Jonah the giant whale, she set off on her own journey, delving into natural history museums to find out more. “I am very interested in the idea of collections,” she says. (Her previous works include an imaginary museum curated by Marco Polo, shown at the 2009 Venice Biennale, and a film about John Soanes’s museum full of antiquities in London.) “What is a collection, and what is someone trying to tell me with it?” wonders Tan. “Some are huge – the Netherlands’s natural history museum has 37m specimens.”
Published in The Independent, July 2015
“Work has its stages, [including] its embryonic stage. You have to protect it. There is a romanticised version of the studio that it looks messy. Mine looks like an oversized office. There are friends who might leave a coffee ring behind”.
Published in Time Out, June 2015
The Amsterdam-based artist known for her immersive film installations talks to Time Out about her two London shows: ‘Inventory’, which takes inspiration from the eclectic Sir John Soane’s Museum, and ‘Ghost Dwellings’, an installation which focuses on natural and economic disasters in Detroit, Cork and Japan.
Published in Artforum, May 2015
Fiona Tan slows down time. Her film Inventory, 2015, tracks through London’s Sir John Soane’s Museum, scanning its eccentric nineteenth-century collection ... Composed from six projections—all taken with different cameras (both digital and analog)—the video peers over the collection as if it were evidence from a wreckage. The faces, objects, and fragments appear ruined, as if dissolved by the vicissitudes of time. “There is no antidote to the opium of time,” the film states in the prologue. Time is like a drug—it both seduces and ruins its subject.
Related Exhibitions: Fiona Tan: Inventory
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