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Wu Tsang. Visionary Company

80 min visit

Paris
Lafayette Anticipations
21 Oct → 3 Jan 2021
From Wednesday to Monday from 11 am to 7 pm. Closed Tuesday.

« The new Ai Weiwei in the queer era! »

If the name Wu Tsang doesn't mean anything to you, remember it now! For his first exhibition in France, the American artist transforms the space of Lafayette Anticipations into a hybrid place between the profane world of the night and the sacred world of religious temples. The short story Ai Weiwei denounces hidden, marginalized stories or injustices through films of both documentary and fantasy nature: mythical trips in the China Sea or on the island of Lesbos in spaceships, sets of historical queer clubs... Wu Tsang underlines societal changes, the different points of view of individuals and the relationships of power and solidarity. As a major representative of the queer scene, she has a duty to support and embody her community. This includes videos, installations and performances that highlight the new connections that unite people today. Here, most of the works are unpublished! This immersive exhibition mixes all mediums: music, dance, architecture, theater, performances are presented here. But one installation draws attention: "The Show is Over" from 2020. It is a kind of opera, divided into several scenes where dancers swing to a text by Fred Moten, poet and African-American academic. Always in denunciation, the themes of liberation, alienation of beings and the legacy of Blackness are developed. This film takes place on a floating place that has none other than the shape of the famous Penrose Stairs. This trompe l'oeil varies according to the perspectives and makes the scene all the more fantastic. As for the choreography and the music, they accompany and guide the performers, who are themselves present in the space. Thus, this multiplicity of bodies and encounters plays, once again, with the diversity of points of view. It will make your head spin!

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