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Fiona Tan, Gray Glass (2020), still, 3 channel 4K video installation, black & white, 3 x mono, courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London
Fiona Tan, Gray Glass (2020), still, 3 channel 4K video installation, black & white, 3 x mono, courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London

Fiona Tan – Mountains and Molehills

2 October 2022 till 8 January 2023, Eye Filmmuseum presents a new solo exhibition by Fiona Tan which includes new work.

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This autumn, Eye presents a major retrospective of works by Fiona Tan (Pekanbaru, Indonesia, 1966). In addition to existing work, a new work will also be shown. Tan makes use of Eye's collection. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication and an accompanying programme of films, talks, and events.

Fiona Tan is renowned for her video and film installations exploring memories, history, globalization, and the role of images. The images are often a combination of found and filmed material. Tan is particularly interested in archives, and how classification is related to representation and identity.

A wide selection from Tan's oeuvre will be shown in the exhibition. Both large multi-screen installations and smaller-scale works are included in an extensive, spatial presentation. The underlying principles are the reflection on the medium of film and the reflection on life itself, the passage of time, and the role of the landscape as a carrier of these changes.

Fiona Tan is an acquaintance of Eye. She worked with the collection as early as 1999 and in 2012, two of her works were included in the Expanded Cinema exhibition, with Yang Fudong and Isaac Julien. In 2021 she participated in Eye's online exhibition Waiting for the Time to Pass.

Fiona Tan, Footsteps (2022), still, HD video installation, tinted, hand coloured and b&w, 5:1 surround, courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London
Fiona Tan, Footsteps (2022), still, HD video installation, tinted, hand coloured and b&w, 5:1 surround, courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London
Fiona Tan, Inventory (2012), installation view, HD video and video installation, colour, stereo, photo: Frith Street Gallery, London, courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London
Fiona Tan, Inventory (2012), installation view, HD video and video installation, colour, stereo, photo: Frith Street Gallery, London, courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London