Fiona Tan ‘Ghost Dwellings’

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Fiona Tan, Ghost Dwellings, installation view. Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London. Photographer: Alex Delfanne

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Fiona Tan, Ghost Dwellings, installation view. Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London. Photographer: Alex Delfanne

“Within this environment Tan has placed three new film pieces, originally commissioned by the Kunstzone of the Rabobank Nederlands for her exhibition Options and Futures and shot in locations in the USA, The Republic of Ireland, and Japan. At a time which historians have described as an age of ‘rolling catastrophe,’ each film examines our epoch from a certain standpoint. In these places decay and devastation are painfully visible; Detroit, a flourishing city that slowly slid into bankruptcy, Cork, where, as a result of the financial crash of 2008, vast complexes of ‘luxury’ housing were abandoned sometimes even before completion, and Fukushima, where the fast and merciless devastation by both earthquake and tsunami, was compounded by radioactive fall-out. Whilst the visitor is invited to choose a path and narrative within these particular rooms, Tan’s camera searches among the piles of rubble for the building blocks of something new, for some kind of aftermath.”

This work shows the contrast between nature and humans. With films she brings the power of nature into the humans environment, which makes it ironic of how humans bring their environment into the nature.

This installations are painful to view and look, as you look at catastrophes from human homes, it makes you think and analyze the relationship between us and nature, do we control nature, or it controls us.

This works are very interesting for my practice not only in their execution but in the message they bring to the view, as I believe this is the successful example of a dialogue between the artist and the viewer. Her narrative allows the viewer to think for themselves but in the same time she guides them through her own perspective.

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