Fiona Tan: Ascent at the Samstag Museum of Art for OzAsia Festival

Exhibition and Shows

18 Oct 2019 to 6 Dec 2019


Fiona Tan: Ascent

The Samstag Museum of Art brings a concise selection of works by Fiona Tan to Adelaide. Centring upon the Australian premiere of Ascent, this is the first significant presentation of the artist’s work in our country in ten years.

Ascent is not only a reflection on Mount Fuji—a mountain of great significance to the Japanese—but also a study of its visual culture, and a tribute to the history of both photography and film. Tan spins a fictional narrative that shifts and bends the distinction between still and moving images. Resonating with the climb to the top of the mountain, the story alternates between narration and history, from Western imperialism to modern tourism, from the early days of photography to the present day. Tan is widely regarded for her poetic meditations on representation, time and place. Skillfully crafted and ambitious in scope, Ascent is a work that draws upon Tan’s full range as an artist.

A Samstag Museum of Art exhibition presented in association with the Adelaide Film Festival for the 2019 OzAsia Festival, assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


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Event Times

18 Oct 2019 to 6 Dec 2019

Quarterly Event


Samstag Museum of Art

55 North Terrace, Adelaide, 5000

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