South likes: Wu Tsang at Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin

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Wu Tsang, A day in the life of bliss, 2014, installation view. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin. Photo: Nick Ash

South likes: Wu Tsang at Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin
A day in the life of bliss
Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2 May – 31 July, 2014

As a transgender second-generation Chinese American, Wu Tsang’s work deals with issues of sexuality and identity, merging together a subjective perspective with fictional narratives. In the attempt to better understand the life of marginalised groups of people, like queer and trans, Tsang elaborates both on an artistic and social position always balanced within a humanistic approach. The central piece of the exhibition is a 2-channel film entitled A day in the life of bliss, which tells the double life of BLIS, a celebrity-collaborator by day and underground performer by night, in a near-future scenario made of social media avatars and online personas. Next to the video, an installation made of coloured lights recall the atmospheres of underground nightlife, reminiscent of futuristic clubs’ stage-designs. A group of photographs portraying androgynous figures on a black backdrop are a further reference to Tsang’s interest in representing bodily presence as a political element of an artistic discourse. In the exhibition at Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, themes of body politics central to Wu Tsang’s work are immersed into a sci-fi scenario, where the notions of transgression and normality blend together, projected into a fictional reality and crossing back and forth the boundaries between the inside and the outside of a community.

Michelangelo Corsaro

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Wu Tsang, A day in the life of bliss, 2014, installation view. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin. Photo: Nick Ash

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Wu Tsang, A day in the life of bliss, 2014, installation view. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin. Photo: Nick Ash

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Wu Tsang, A day in the life of bliss, 2014, installation view. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin. Photo: Nick Ash

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Wu Tsang, A day in the life of bliss, 2014, installation view. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin. Photo: Nick Ash

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Wu Tsang, A day in the life of bliss, 2014, installation view. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin. Photo: Nick Ash

 

 

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