With the world premiere of new commission film Under Cinema, featuring acclaimed American singer-songwriter Kelela, the exhibition investigates issues of voice and representation through innovative filmmaking methodologies, questioning the reliability of the fixed image, as well as the artist’s (or the viewer’s) gaze. Under Cinema will be showcased at FACT from 26 October 2017 until 18 February 2018.
Moving fluidly between documentary, activism, and fiction, Tsang’s intimate approach and constant re-interpretation of the roles of history, music, dance, and community creates an immersive other-worldly context for her characters. Her filmmaking style tends towards the pseudo-documentary, and focuses on the increasing importance of fantasy in both storytelling and the day-to-day. For Tsang, the relationship between the cinematic and the social is inherently problematic, and her filmmaking becomes a testing ground for collaboration and repeated, perhaps ritualistic, refusals of representation.
Tsang’s new commission is a co-production between FACT and Warp Records, and is developed with the support of the Goethe-Institut, London.
Under Cinema is a collaboration with Nottingham Contemporary. An iteration of the exhibition took place at the venue between 20 May – 28 August 2017.
About Wu Tsang
Wu Tsang’s films, installations, performances, and sculptures move fluidly between documentary, activism, and fiction. Her projects have been presented at museums and film festivals internationally, including MoMA (New York), Tate Modern (London), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), MCA (Chicago), MOCA (Los Angeles), Berlinale Film Festival (Berlin), SANFIC (Santiago), Hot Docs Festival (Toronto), and South by Southwest Film Festival (Austin). Her first feature film WILDNESS (2012) premiered at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, and her work was also featured in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and in “The Ungovernables” New Museum Triennial in New York. She has received grants from Creative Capital, the Warhol Foundation, and the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations. Wu Tsang is based between Berlin, Athens and Los Angeles, and is represented by Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin.