• Fiona Tan, Nellie (2013), film still. Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery.

    Fiona Tan, Nellie (2013), film still. Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery.

  • Fiona Tan, Nellie (2013), film still. Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery.

    Fiona Tan, Nellie (2013), film still. Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery.

  • Fiona Tan, Nellie (2013), film still. Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery.

    Fiona Tan, Nellie (2013), film still. Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery.

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    Installation view, 'Nellie', Institute of Modern Art, 2017. Photography: Carl Warner. In view: Fiona Tan, 'Nellie', 2013.

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    Installation view, 'Nellie', Institute of Modern Art, 2017. Photography: Carl Warner. In view: Fiona Tan, 'Nellie', 2013.

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    Installation view, 'Nellie', Institute of Modern Art, 2017. Photography: Carl Warner. In view: Fiona Tan, 'Nellie', 2013.

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    Installation view, 'Nellie', Institute of Modern Art, 2017. Photography: Carl Warner. In view: Fiona Tan, 'Nellie', 2013.

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    Installation view, 'Nellie', Institute of Modern Art, 2017. Photography: Carl Warner. In view: Fiona Tan, 'Nellie', 2013.

Fiona Tan: Nellie

1–29 April 2017

The IMA is pleased to present film installation Nellie (2013) by artist Fiona Tan. Nellie takes its point of departure from the imagined life of a forgotten woman, Cornelia van Rijn, who was the daughter of the famed seventeenth century painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. At the age of 15 she emigrated to Batavia, present day Jakarta.

Biography

Fiona Tan works within the contested territory of representation: how we represent ourselves and the mechanisms that determine how we interpret the representation of others. Photography and film – made by herself, by others, or a combination of both – are her mediums; research, classification and the archive, her strategies. Her skillfully crafted, moving and intensely human works, expanded film and video installations, explore history and time and our place within them.

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Acknowledgements

Thanks to Frith Street Gallery, London, and Wako Works of Art, Tokyo.