The Show is Over, 2020
截帧 Film still
天线空间荣幸地宣布艺术家曾吴个展“Visionary Company”将于10月21日在法国巴黎Lafayette Anticipations开幕，展期将持续至至2021年1月3日。
Antenna Space is pleased to announce artist Wu Tsang's solo exhibition Visionary Company will open on October 21, at Lafayette Anticipations, Paris. The exhibition will last until January 3, 2021.
Sustained Glass, 2019
Courtesy of the artist, Isabella Bortolazi and Antenna Space
Photography credit: Roman März
曾吴的影像作品常用纪实与叙事的手法，在具有戏剧性且唤起观众对于某些特定时间、特定场景之想象的场景中，展现或尝试再现了在公共社会领域中始终变化着的对于不同种族、性别的看法。“Visionary Company”作为艺术家在法国所展出的第一个个展，曾吴将Lafayette Anticipations的展览空间转化成了一个突出了融合性的空间，从而在该既定空间中提炼、召唤出一个个夜幕笼罩下神圣的世界。通过这层超越时间与空间的转变，曾吴为观众营造了结合音乐、舞蹈、建筑、表演等多方位艺术模式的沉浸式观展体验，并以此触发个体观众对于人、事、物、社会的看法，带领观众探索视角、演变、个体团结性与流动性等主题。
Wu Tsang's films often use the techniques of documentary and narrative. In those theatrical scenes that evoke the viewer's imagination about specific time and place, she represents or re-imagines the fluid and changing perspectives towards race and gender. In Visionary Company, the artist's first solo exhibition in France, Wu Tsang has transformed Lafayette Anticipations into a space that celebrates hybridity. From the fixed and physical space of the exhibition rooms, she extracts and summons the worlds of the night and the sacred. Through the process of metamorphosis that surpasses time and space, Wu Tsang creates an immersive viewing experience that combines not only music and dance, but also architecture, performance and many multi-layered and multi-dimensioned art mediums. Hence, she triggers the viewer's individual perspective towards people, things, objects, and the society and leads the viewer to explore themes such as perspectives, metamorphosis, solidarity and fluidity of being.
本次展览将围绕曾吴2020年的新作品The Show is Over展开，其内容为艺术家在2019年导演、录制的表演。影片中，伴随着非裔美籍诗人与学者Fred Moten作品“come on, get it!”，一群舞者跟随旋律舞动，展现了在自由和疏离的主题背景下，以及有关非裔种族的历史遗留问题中，人在逆境与压迫中的挣扎、对自由与解脱的追寻。值得瞩目的是，曾吴在影片中所摄舞台上搭建了效仿彭罗斯阶梯的结构，其在意图表现这个不可于现实中复制的结构的同时，将它作为现实中多重角度、无限可能的象征呈现于观众面前。
This exhibition features Wu Tsang's new film created in 2020, The Show is Over, which is based on a performance directed and filmed by the artist in 2019. In the film, with the text "come on, get it!" created by African American poet and academic Fred Moton played in the background, a group of dancers move with the rhythm. Representing the theme of liberation and alienation and the backdrop regarding blackness and related historical legacies, their movements embody people's struggling under oppession and pursuit of freedom. Interestingly, Wu Tsang builds a structure inspired by the Pensose Stairs on the stage of the performance featured in her film. While intending to represent the object that could not be reproduced in reality, Wu Tsang renders it as a metaphor for myraid perspectives and possibilities of the reality.
Wu Tsang Born in 1982 in Worchester, US, she currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Wu Tsang’s films, installations, performances, and sculptures move fluidly between documentary, activism, and fiction. Her projects have been presented at museums and film festivals internationally, including MoMA (New York), Tate Modern (London), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), MCA (Chicago), MOCA (Los Angeles), Berlinale Film Festival (Berlin), SANFIC (Santiago), Hot Docs Festival (Toronto), and South by Southwest Film Festival (Austin). Her first feature film WILDNESS (2012) premiered at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, and her work was also featured in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, The Ungovernables, New Museum Triennial in New York and the 9th Berlin Biennale. She has received grants from John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Creative Capital, the Warhol Foundation, and the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations. Wu Tsang's solo exhibition, Visionary Company, will open on October 21, at Lafayette Anticipations in Paris. The exhibition will run until January 3, 2021.