Fiona Tan recasts depictions of women from the archive of a stock photography company
Dutch-based artist Fiona Tan (born 1966) excavates and restages a forgotten and uncataloged archive of several thousand commercial negatives and photographs taken between 1952 and 1968 from the German Agfa photography company. Tan focuses on the image and the role of women as portrayed in these photographs, drawing attention to the ideal and reality of these formative decades in postwar Germany.
Published by Koenig Books. Edited and foreword by Sabrina van der Ley, Enrico Lunghi, Susanne Gaensheimer, Suzanne Landau. Text by Eva Klerck Gange, et al.
Geography of Time brings together video and photo installations by Amsterdam-based artist Fiona Tan (born 1966) that explore themes of memory and identity in mesmerizing ways. These include Nellie, Vox Populi, Changeling, Diptych, Provenance and A Lapse of Memory.
Published by nai010 publishers. Edited by Mariska van den Berg. Essays by John Berger, Lynne Cooke, Heddy Honigmann, Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, Dominic van den Boogerd.
Scenario is a retrospective of the work of Indonesian visual artist and filmmaker Fiona Tan, whose film May You Live in Interesting Times was awarded the prize for best Dutch debut at the Netherlands Film festival. True to its title, the book is constructed as a scenario: a storyboard that evokes its own story but also offers glimpses of as-yet-unrealized projects and dreams, mixing Tan's work with "found" photographs and images. It provides perhaps the most interesting look yet at Tan's concentrated oeuvre of film and video installations, which consider the recycling of history as visual material and problems concerning cultural identity and migration. Scenario includes correspondence between Fiona Tan and John Berger, a conversation between Tan and filmmaker Heddy Honigmann, a story written especially for the book by Oscar van den Boogaard, and essays by Lynn Cooke and Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen.