Wu Tsang We hold where study 2017

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 213

“The feeling of communication is very elusive,” Tsang has said. “In being seen by another, there’s always an incompletenes to that understanding.” Often working collaboratively, she combines text, image, dance, music, and activism to create hybrid artforms that question traditional concepts of representation. This installation draws inspiration from an essay by poets and critical theorists Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, which explores how ideas of black, queer, and trans identities are intertwined and constantly in formation. Two videos intermittently overlap, creating an entanglement of images and living bodies. In each video, two performers move through a series of duets. The choreography is a form of contact improvisation, a collaborative practice in which participants use touch instead of sight to generate movement together. As the performers are pushed and pulled, they shift between gestures of tenderness and violence, elationand grief, or degeneration and rebirth. In overlaying the projections and employing movement as language, Tsang has sought to create “impossible” images—those that capture the fluidity and ambiguity of lived experience.

Gallery label from 2019
Medium
Two-channel video (color, sound)
Duration
18:56 min. Dimensions variable.
Performer
boychild, Ligia Lewis, Jonathan Gonzalez, Josh Johnson, Julian Moten, Lorenzo Moten
Musician
Bendik Giske
Cameraman
Timber Hoy
Editor
the artist
Credit
The Modern Women's Fund
Object number
1230.2018
Copyright
© 2019 Wu Tsang
Department
Media and Performance

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