In Amsterdam’s Movie Museum, Fiona Tan explores the silent documentary material, buried deep in the archives more than a century ago. Impressive material depicts the everyday life of hardworking people who lived near the ocean. Fiona, an Australian of Indonesian heritage, began her studies in Amsterdam in 1988. During this time, she kept receiving her father’s letters where he talked about life back home, his grandson, his dog, the world’s political scene, and the economic race. The parallel reading of these letters through archival material creates an audiovisual stream of consciousness enhanced by a skillful soundtrack, uncovering the subtle connection between image and sound, then and now, the Netherlands and Indonesia, trade and colonialism, father and daughter.
Fiona Tan is both a visual artist and a director, known for her intriguing video installations and movies where she explores memories, identity, and history. Due to her multiethnic roots, her work strikes as emotionally intense, curiously questions oneself and delivers a critical overview of different events. She was born in Indonesia, and spent her childhood in Australia, before moving to the Netherlands where she graduated from Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She has had numerous exhibitions, both individual and collective ones, and she has also won plenty of prestigious awards in the field of visual arts. She has written scripts and produced three feature films.
FESTIVALI I NAGRADE
Berlin International Film Festival
DEAREST FIONA (doc.)
DIRECTOR: Fiona Tan
COUNTRY: the Netherlands
PRODUCTION: Antithesis films
EU: ZONE OF CHANGE