Fiona Tan
26 January – 26 March 2006

A woman, dressed in a pantsuit resembling a disco ball, stands on a plinth. Spotlit, she is performing for an audience in a darkened environment.

We are on an intellectual and artistic adventure…
and we want to take you along.
The adventure begins January 25 with our grand opening.
Please come.
— Philip Monk

The News from the Near Future is OUT THERE:

The new, beautiful AGYU galleries open with the first survey in North America of Indonesian-born, Amsterdam-based artist Fiona Tan and will premiere a newly commissioned work. The exhibition opens with a public reception on Wednesday, January 25 from 6 to 9 pm and will continue until March 26, 2006.

Fiona Tan’s work has generally been recognized for its investigation of the West’s look at the colonial other or archival examination of itself through collective portraiture in film and photography–until now. This exhibition will be an oblique take on her work, as it posits an undisclosed poetic behind the art whose subject is the flow of time. Time does not secure the archive as a memorial but portends a disaster that unsettles knowledge, whether those of our archival classifications or the critique of them—though it is composed from the very resources, film and photography, of the archive. Fiona Tan and curator Philip Monk will collaborate on a publication derived from the exhibition, available sometime in the near future.

…The New AGYU is Here_

Discussion Panel
Explorations In Time Travel: Fiona Tan and the Archival Image
February 8, 2006

Panelists include Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at Innis College and the Department of English at the University of Toronto, Corinn Columpar, artist and OCAD teacher Vid Ingelevics, and Associate professor in the Department of Film and Faculty of Fine Arts at York University Suzie S.F Young, with moderator Phillip Monk discuss Fiona Tan and the Archival Image.

See also

Fiona Tan: Dissassembling the Archive

Fiona Tan: Dissassembling the Archive


Fiona Tan
26 Jan – 26 Mar 2006

Fiona Tan

Fiona Tan
26 Jan – 26 Mar 2006




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