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WU TSANG
visionary company

Lafayette Anticipations, Paris
21 Oct, 2020 – 28 Feb, 2021

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For her first exhibition in France, Wu Tsang has transformed Lafayette Anticipations into a hybrid space that summons the worlds of the night and the sacred. Through this metamorphosis, the visitor is immersed in a mysterious atmosphere where recent and earlier works by the American artist are brought together. Like so many reflections on the values carried by our culture, Wu Tsang takes up the themes of perspectives and points of view, of power relationships and solidarity, to revitalize the way we look at individuals and the way society works. For her exhibition, the artist has created an experience which draws on music, dance, architecture, theatre, and performance to celebrate the metamorphosis and fluidity of being.

 

The project is built around the monumental and original video installation The Show is Over (2020), a form of multi-layered opera in which a community of dancers performs to the rhythm of the text ‘come on, get it!’ by the African American poet and academic Fred Moten. The film deals with the liberation and alienation of beings, embodied in a choreography and music that guide the trajectories of the performers and invoke the historical legacies related to blackness—struggle, oppression, power relations—put into perspective with the potential liberation of the being through a renewed relationship with the world and new connections with the elements.

The film’s setting, a floating place, transforms and makes the famous Penrose stairs appear. An ‘impossible’ object, this trompe l’oeil staircase varies according to the viewer’s perspective and can simulate an infinite staircase, a metaphor for the multiplicity of possible points of view and the myriad realities that result from them. The Show is Over is a story of separation and fluidity, of the encounter and permeability of materials, states, and bodies.

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Exhibition view, Wu Tsang, visionary company, Lafayette Anticipations, 2020, Paris. Photo: Pierre Antoine 
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Exhibition view, Wu Tsang, visionary company, Lafayette Anticipations, 2020, Paris. Photo: Pierre Antoine 
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Exhibition view, Wu Tsang, visionary company, Lafayette Anticipations, 2020, Paris. Photo: Pierre Antoine 
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Exhibition view, Wu Tsang, visionary company, Lafayette Anticipations, 2020, Paris. Photo: Pierre Antoine 
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Exhibition view, Wu Tsang, visionary company, Lafayette Anticipations, 2020, Paris. Photo: Pierre Antoine 
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Exhibition view, Wu Tsang, visionary company, Lafayette Anticipations, 2020, Paris. Photo: Pierre Antoine 

Featured image: Exhibition view, Wu Tsang, visionary company, Lafayette Anticipations, 2020, Paris. Photo: Pierre Antoine

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