ART TAIPEI 2014 台北國際藝術博覽會 |10/31 - 11/3

Public Art

Fiona Tan, Ghost Dwellings III


HD video installation(color, stereo)

Loop duration: 5 min. 30 sec.

Introduction of “Ghost Dwellings I, II and III” Series:
Starting from the question of whether we havereached the end of an era, Fiona Tan visited three places in the world where decay and devastation are painfully visible. One reason was to investigate whether, among the piles of rubble, the building blocks of something new is to be found. It is a phenomenon which Tan herself describes as “aftermath.” A term deriving originally from agriculture, “aftermath” refers to the grass that grows again after the harvest. Tan visited Detroit, Fukushima in Japan, and Ireland, and that makes Ghost Dwellings I, II and III into an impressive triptych; Detroit, a flourishing city that slowly slid into bankruptcy; Fukushima, where the devastation was fast and merciless; and Cork in Ireland, where the plans were never even completed. With the departure of the population, everything seems lifeless. And Tan could barely find seeds of the “aftermath” she was looking for.

Fiona Tan (Pekan Baru, 1966) works primarilywith lens-based media. She is best known for her skillfully crafted video and film installations, in which explorations of memory, time, history and the role of the visual are key. Fiona Tan lives and works in Amsterdam.

Tan has had solo exhibitions in museum andgalleries worldwide including the MCA Chicago, and is represented in many international public and private collections including the Tate Modern, London; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Neue Nationalgalerie, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Courtesy of WAKO WORKS OF ART (D34).

Lee Kit's Solo Project: A circuit

‘How was it? Was it good?’ John asked Mary

Mary looked at him as if he didn’t even say a single word. Then he smiled.

The exhibition showcases Lee Kit’s new body of site-specific works that explores his recent practice through video, projections and paintings. To him it is all about something familiar but distance away at the same time.

Born in 1978 in Hong Kong, Lee Kit lives and works in Hong Kong and Taipei. Solo exhibitions include ‘How are things on the West Coast?’, Lombard Freid Gallery, New York (2014); ‘By the way,’ ShugoArts, Tokyo (2014), ‘You (you).’, The 55th Venice Biennale, Italy (2013); ‘Every breath you take.’, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2012), House M, The Pavilion, Beijing (2012); ‘This is not an easy thing.’, Arrow Factory, Beijing (2012); Henry (Have you ever been this low?), Western Front, Vancouver (2011), etc. Group shows include, among others, Room Service, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden Baden, Germany (2014), The Ungovernables, New Museum, New York (2012); Print/Out, MoMA, New York (2012); ‘What Should I Do To Live Your Life?’, Sharjah Art Foundation, Beit alSerkal, UAE (2012); 1 Degree of Separation (2009) at the Chinese Art Centre in Manchester; Platform in Kimusa, Seoul (2009), Friends of the Divided Mind, Royal College of Art, London (2009) and Sprout From White Night, Bonnier Kuntshall, Stockholm (2008).