Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall

September 25, 2010 – January 21, 2011

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 1 Floor Plan

In the first major exhibition of this acclaimed artist's work to be shown in the United States, Rise and Fall documents a new stage in Fiona Tan's longstanding interest in the documentary, featuring photographs, drawings, digital installations, and large-scale projections. Born in Indonesia and based in Amsterdam, Tan explores memory and identity in a world increasingly shaped by global culture. Her photographs and video installations deftly meld the past and the present in profoundly evocative works that explore the power of images in constructing memories and histories. While her recent projects often involve actors and location shootings, Tan continues to draw on historical objects -- Japanese photographs, 17th-century Dutch paintings, or 19th-century architectural follies -- conveying that past and present are always in flux.