Wu Tsang

1982, USA ; lives and works in Los Angeles


For the past ten years or so, the Chinese-American artist Wu Tsang has been developing a critical line of thinking in the interstices between individuality and community. As she evolves in her fluid way between the various disciplines, she makes an almost ritual examination of the relation between images and the impossibility of representing new ways of collective being. Her films and performances reflect ongoing dialogues and collaborations with artists, people, performers and authors, and present non-verbal forms of communication which pass mainly by way of sound, and the body.
It is incidentally hard to translate in French the title of the experimental film, We Hold Where Study (2017), rooted in exchanges with the authors Fred Moten and Stefano Harney. What seems to be an anomaly in the way the English sentence is constructed creates a break in meaning. The film starts with the voice of the poet F. Moten, whose words will set in motion a series of duets choreographed by boychild with Josh Johnson, and by Ligia Lewis with Jonathan Gonzalez… Evolving in distinct spaces, a meadow and a dance studio, the bodies improvise their relation to the other and the environment through rhythmic variations and sounds produced by brass instruments. This film looks for and mourns the spaces of connections and the images of resistance of a poetics of black, queer and trans bodies. Difference without separation. The two spaces end up being joined together or rather overlaid on each other, creating an opaque strip in the middle of the screen, a place of “entanglement” of colors and bodies. F. Moten and W. Tsang regard this term as a prism through which to imagine identities. Here it also makes it possible to think about the violent nature of life and the deterioration required for all regeneration. The film also juggles with contrasts, between the opaqueness and the light released by them; the fluidity of the performers and the black tears streaming from their eyes; the indeterminate places, and the oppressive social context described by the succession of the chapters: “algorithm”, “consultant”, “state of war”…

We hold where study, 2017

Frac Bretagne

Video installation (19’)

Collection Lafayette Anticipations – Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin