Frith Street Gallery

Golden Square

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Press relating to Fiona Tan

  • Fiona Tan Review ~ Glenn Kenny

    Published in The New York Times, June 2017

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  • History’s Future review – poetic piece with exceptional facial hair ~ Andrew Pulver

    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.

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  • The mystery of Jonah, the giant whale who toured the UK in the 1950s ~ Becky Barnicoat

    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.”

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  • Fiona Tan, photographer: ‘There is a romanticised version of the messy studio’ ~ Karen Wright

    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”.

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  • Fiona Tan interview ~ Freire Barnes

    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.

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  • Artforum Critics’ Pick: Fiona Tan ~ Andrew Witt

    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.

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  • Ghost Dwellings: artist Fiona Tan turns a London gallery into a ‘home’ ~ Betty Wood

    Published in The Spaces, May 2015

    Step through the doors of Frith Street Gallery in London’s Soho, and you become voyeur to an unknown character’s life. Artist Fiona Tan has transformed the gallery space into the cluttered apartment of a reclusive figure for her new exhibition, Ghost Dwellings, complete with the detritus of everyday existence.

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  • Fiona Tan: Inventory and Ghost Dwellings at Frith Street Gallery ~ Harriet Thorpe

    Published in Studio International, May 2015

    Fiona Tan occupies the two Frith Street gallery spaces at Golden Square and Soho Square with her video essays and installation work that lies between art and documentation. She creates eerie microcosms that question what domestic objects and space mean to humankind in the current climate of unpredictable incidents. The journey between the two different architectural spaces of the galleries creates an interesting reflective process on the works she presents.

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  • Fiona Tan: Wako Works of Art ~ Dawn Chan

    Published in Artforum, November 2014

    Nicknames, for the most part, arise from familiarity, even intimacy. As such, the pet name “Nellie,” which gives the title to a 2013 video by Fiona Tan, is a wry foil to the work’s flaxen-haired cipher of a subject. Loosely based on Rembrandt’s illegitimate daughter Cornelia van Rijn, Tan’s preteen protagonist remains unknowable throughout the video, her inner life anyone’s best guess, as she poses her way through a sequence of successive indoor vignettes, pale-skinned and beatific, her gown a blue-and-white patterned chintz.

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  • Images of a People : Fiona Tan Assembles an Intimate Portrait of London From Old Family Photos ~ Coline Milliard

    Published in Modern Painters, 11 September 2012

    They are photographs of strangers, yet we’ve see them countless times: toddlers grinning from foamy bathtubs, teenagers awkwardly showing off their first party dresses, granddads cuddling newborns. Local variations aside, they could be found pretty much anywhere, stuck on the yellowing cardboard pages of hefty photo albums. These pictures form Fiona Tan’s primary material for “Vox Populi.” In this series of wall pieces and books begun in 2004, the Indonesian-born, Amsterdam-based artist has selected and rearranged images she sourced in locations as varied as Norway, Switzerland, Tokyo, and Sydney, each time creating a multifaceted portrait of the place through the photographs of the people who live, or lived, in each locale.

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