Vox Populi (Limited Edition, 2012)
A special limited edition set of the five books from Fiona Tan’s Vox Populi series presented in a blue cloth slipcase, produced by Book Works Studio. Designed by Gabriele F. Götz.
Presented with five original photographic prints, one to represent each location, together with a photographic plan of how the images should be installed, on orange-lined graph paper.
163 x 118 mm (print size)
Edition of 10, plus 6 artist’s proofs
Signed and numbered by the artist
Standard Price £650
Supporters price* £585
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This special edition was published on occasion of the final volume in Fiona Tan’s Vox Populi series of books, Vox Populi London.
About the work:
A special limited edition set of the five books from Fiona Tan’s Vox Populi series that feature a ‘snapshot’ of a country or community, Norway, Sydney, Tokyo, Switzerland, and London, through photographs from family albums collected by Fiona Tan, presented with five original photographic prints, one to represent each location, together with a photographic plan of how the images should be installed.
For each Vox Populi project Tan collected family photograph albums from each location – intimate family portraits that capture private if familiar moments: the birth of a child, birthdays, family gatherings, adolescence, holidays, brothers and sisters, first loves, favourite places. Loosely arranged within three familiar strains – Portrait, Home and Nature – unexpected cross-references and playful associations unfold.
While each collection becomes a visual document of a region’s people, there is rarely anything obvious or identifying. The reader is drawn into a seductive and popular ethnography where images of the private and intimate challenge the ideology of official national portraits, and yet also assume a master narrative that defines the whole.
About the artist:
Fiona Tan is a visual artist and filmmaker best known for her skillfully crafted video and film installations, in which explorations of memory, time, history and the role of visual images are key. Her installations and photographic works have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in international venues. She has written and directed to date two feature length films. Recent solo exhibitions took place at the Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam (2022-23), the Museum der Moderne Salzburg together with Kunsthalle Krems (2020-21), Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2019), Museum für Modern Kunst, Frankfurt (2016), De Pont Museum, Tilburg (2017), Izu Photo Museum, Japan, Mudam, Luxembourg, Nasjonalmuseet Oslo, The BALTIC, Gateshead, UK, Fiona Tan – Inventory, at the MAXXI, Rome and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2013-14); Ellipsis at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; Vox Populi London at the Photographer’s Gallery, London (2012); Fiona Tan – Rise and Fall, a touring solo exhibition at Aargauer Kunsthaus, Switzerland; Vancouver Artgallery, Sackler Galleries, Washington DC and Galerie L’Uqam, Montreal (2010-2011). With her solo presentation Disorient, Fiona Tan represented The Netherlands at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). Her work has been shown at various international group shows including in the São Paulo Biennial (2010), Venice Architecture Biennale (2010), Documenta IX (2002), Istanbul Biennale (2001). Her work is represented in numerous international public and private collections including the Tate Modern, London, the Guggenheim Museum New York, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Neue National Galerie, Berlin and the MCA, Chicago.
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