Wako Works of Art is pleased to announce a new and continued exhibition of Fiona Tan, Nellie. Fiona has been the central figure in recent and upcoming exhibitions on a consecutive basis including Mori Art Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, National Museum of Art, Osaka and Izu Photo Museum.
This exhibition displays the titled work Nellie, a new video installation, to be on public view for the first time in the world. The theme is inspired from the Rembrandt’s daughter Cornelia (Nellie) who is believed to be born in 1654 in the Netherlands and passed away in then Dutch colony of Batavia (current name Indonesian capital Jakarta). This little is all known of this lady; it is deemed that none of her reference is left today, not even a single portrait, despite being a daughter to a famous painter father.
Shroud in mystery, Fiona will vividly revive Nellie into a life on her video in this present time through projecting an imaginative day that young Nellie spends in Batavia. The artist herself was born in former Dutch colony of Indonesia, then after moved to the Netherlands as reversely synchronizing to the subject sitter.
The main works in previous June exhibition, Fiona Tan Photo Works will continue to be shown in conjunction with Nellie.
1988-1992 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
1996 – 1997 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunst, Amsterdam
Fiona Tan works primarily within the realm of lens-based media such as film and photography. She was born in 1966, Pekan Baru, Indonesia, to a Chinese-Indonesian father and an Australian mother. Now lives and works in Holland since 1988 having studied in Amsterdam and Hamburg. Her works are known for contesting and underlining displacement of life.
She is represented in many international public exhibitions as well as private collections including Tate Modern, London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Schaulager, Basel, the New Museum, New York and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Also she participates many international art fairs including Documenta. Notably in 2009, she represented Dutch pavilion for the 53rd Venice Biennale, and in 2010, a large-scale solo exhibition Rise and Fall circulated America and Europe. At Venice Architectural Biennale in the same year, her media works featured a house project conducted by Sejima Kazuyo in Inujima island in Japan. In 2013, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa hosted an exhibition Ellipsis, which marks the first retrospective to be held in Japan.