NEW YORK.- The New Museum of Contemporary Art presents Fiona Tan: Correction, on view through June 4, 2005. Fiona Tan: Correction is the first commission presented at the New Museum as part of the Three M Project, a consortium between the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. The Three M Project was announced in March 2003 and was conceived as an innovative model to commission and exhibit new works of art by emerging international artists.
In Correction, Tan uses video portraiture to explore stereotypes and representation by filming approximately 300 prison inmates and guards in four U.S. facilities. Each forty-second portrait features an anonymous inmate or guard standing as still as possible in front of the camera as they are filmed framed from the waist up, a reference to the Amerikanische Einstellung (the American shot) technique used in Hollywood in the 30s, 40s and 50s. The intense focus of her camera's gaze turns each prisoner from an anonymous statistic into a distinct individual. Fiona Tan: Correction will be on view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, from June 26 - October 16, 2005.