Moving Perspectives: Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba and Fiona Tan
March 14, 2009 – July 5, 2009
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave., SW
Location: Sublevel 1
As part of the year-long series Moving Perspectives that focuses on recent works of video art that provide rich sensory experiences of the many changes taking place in contemporary Asia, works by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba and Fiona Tan are shown continuously.
- In the single-channel video The Ground, the Root, and the Air: The Passing of the Bodhi Tree (2007) by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, the lush landscape of Laos is the setting for a series of performances by art students from Luang Prabang. The work culminates in a dramatic moment that captures the younger generation's struggle to reconcile a rich cultural and religious heritage with the rapid currents of global economic and social change.
- The endurance of ritual in contemporary society is a starting point in Fiona Tan's stunning video installation Saint Sebastian. With careful attention to image composition and sound, Tan transports the viewer into a sensual experience of a centuries-old Japanese tradition. In so doing, she comments on the history of moving image and the role of the visual in shaping perceptions of "exotic."