“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
Film by Wu Tsang In collaboration with Fred Moten Choreography by Ligia Lewis with Jonathan Gonzalez, and boychild with Josh Johnson Original Music by Bendik Giske Performers: boychild, Jonathan Gonzalez, Josh Johnson, Ligia Lewis, Julian and Lorenzo Moten Cinematography: Antonio Cisneros Steadicam: Timber Hoy Assistant Camera: Ezra Riley Gaffer: Sean Emer Grip: Jeff Billings Production Coordinator: Dorothy Dubrule Production Assistant: J Makary Voiceover: Fred Moten Editor: Wu Tsang Assistant Editor: Lap-See Lam Commissioned by curator Nadja Argyropoulou for Polyeco Art Initiative Special Thanks: Nadja Argyropoulou, Tosh Basco, Stefano Harney, Laura Harris, Fred Moten, and PSSST