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A Lapse of Memory

Fiona Tan
June 25, Saturday

As a part of XII Media Forum in the frames of 33rd Moscow International Film Festival.

Born in Indonesia, she grew up in Australia and now lives in the Netherlands, where she became so famous that she represented this once strange country at the 53 Venice biennale. For this major port of commerce of the medieval Europe she created a video story of a boy who went east and travelled there for twenty five years - the Venetian merchant Marco Polo. This colorful video with its many stage sets becomes a meditation on her own identity of a “professional alien” and a declaration of a permanent subject of her works – centuries-long history of relations between West and East. In her conversations with art critics she talks of the unstable interrelations between vision, memory and knowledge, of the untrustworthy eye, of contradictory relations between word and image, fact and fiction. The journalists in their turn love her brave experiments with the languages of cinema, art and photography, admire her impressive list of exhibitions and festivals – from first debut award of the Netherlands film festival to exhibitions at the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Documenta XI (Cassel) and many others.

At the Garage both her earliest and her most recent works will be presented.

Organized by: MediaFest, MediaArtLab Centre for Art and Culture. Co-organizers: Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture . With the support of: Royal Netherlands Embassy, Mondriaan Foundation, Goethe Institute in Moscow.

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