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Dearest Fiona

Fiona Tan
Niederlande 2023
100 min
eOmdU
V'23

Viragierte Found-Footage-Stummfilme aus der Frühzeit des niederländischen Kinos (bis 1920) bilden die Bildebene von DEAREST FIONA. Die Künstlerin Fiona Tan, geboren in Indonesien als Kind einer australischen Mutter und eines indonesisch-chinesischen Vaters, verschränkt dieses Material mit Briefen ihres Vaters, die sie in den späten 1980er Jahren empfing, als sie zum Kunststudium nach Amsterdam ging. Sie reflektieren große Entwicklungen, Gewichtsverschiebungen in der Globalisierung, aber auch ganz Privates. Die Bilder öffnen unterdessen einen zunehmend hypnotischen Zugang zu einer vorindustriell anmutenden Welt. (Robert Weixlbaumer)

In Anwesenheit von Fiona Tan.

Letters bring together two people, two places and two moments in time. In film, the juxtaposition of sound and image can do the same. Netherlands-based artist Fiona Tan revisits the personal letters she received from her father after she relocated from Australia to Amsterdam to study art in the late 1980s. Gently read out loud by Scottish actor Ian Henderson, the letters become a voiceover for black-and-white and hand-tinted footage shot in the Netherlands in the early 20th century resurrected from the archives of the Eye Filmmuseum, who commissioned her to make this piece on the occasion of her recent solo exhibition. While people from over a hundred years ago gather and work onscreen, Tan’s father—in words written decades later—shares reflections on global events alongside family anecdotes and personal musings. While the juxtaposition opens a conversation on the unceasing nature of time, it equally serves as a reminder that each memory, no matter how personal, stems from a moment in time that is also shared with others. Despite not speaking or appearing herself, DEAREST FIONA may be Tan’s most personal film, as her father’s words give their loving relationship a form irreducible to mere sound and image. (Julian Ross)

In the presence of Fiona Tan.

Fiona Tan: MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES (1997), KINGDOM OF SHADOWS (2000), HISTORY’S FUTURE (2015), ASCENT (2016)

Credits
  • Fiona Tan
  • Hugo Dijkstal
  • Nathalie Alonso Casale
Antithesis Films

Antithesis Films

Arsenal - Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.
DCP
Farbe und schwarzweiß
Fr. 20 Okt
21:00
Filmmuseum
eOmdU
iCal
Sa. 21 Okt
13:30
Metro, Historischer Saal
eOmdU
iCal
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