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April 19, 2010 – August 1, 2010 (rotating exhibition)
Location: Lower Level
The Black Box theater showcases rotating exhibitions of contemporary artists who use film or video as their creative medium. Films or videos run continuously.
April 19, 2010-August 1, 2010
Chris Chong Chan Fui (b. 1982, Borneo, Malaysia) lives and works in Kuala Lumpur and is the first Malaysian artist to present work at the Hirshhorn.
Block B (2008, 20 min): In this short film with no special effects or lighting, a motionless camera captures dramas that unfold night and day on the various floors of a huge apartment complex that houses Indian expatriates working on temporary contracts. The artist contrasts the static cinematography with vivid unpredictable narrative. Block B suggests issues related to surveillance and voyeurism, but also evokes the dramatic elements that are part of the fabric of daily life.
See "Around the Mall: What's Up" in the June 2010 Smithsonian magazine: p. 29.