Fiona Tan, Elsewhere, 2018, HD video, color, sound, 16 minutes 10 seconds. Installation view.

Fiona Tan

Frith Street Gallery | Golden Square

With her film Ascent, 2016, Fiona Tan turned her gaze to landscape, creating an eighty-minute montage from thousands of amateur photographs of Japan’s Mount Fuji. For her exhibition “Elsewhere,” she dealt with a different terrain: that of Los Angeles, where she recently spent one year. This time, Tan handled the camera herself, filming from a hilltop studio at the Getty Center. As in Ascent, this new project saw her grappling with a mythical subject: The notoriously sprawling city has not only featured in countless cinematic representations, but it has also continuously generated new images of itself. As the exhibition’s title suggests, the very condition of Los Angeles is one of being constantly on the move to another place, literally as well as metaphorically.

Nothing exemplifies this cultural condition as perfectly as the freeways that traverse the city and that are so central to its

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