Cici Wu: Lantern Strike (Strong Loneliness)
|When||25 Jun 2021 - 30 Jul 2021|
291 Grand, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10002
Lantern Strike (Strong Loneliness) is a prelude on the dissolution of light. For her second solo exhibition at 47 Canal, Cici Wu begins an embarkation on the imagining and reconstruction of a proto-cinema. The works installed in this exhibition––paper lantern sculptures, drawings, and projection––embody trajectories made between an undetermined past and an unforeseeable future.
Cinema, deconstructed and stripped of its national and industrial apparatuses, is at its essence the experience of light. In this exhibition, Wu continues her exploration of expanded cinema, using the form of the lantern, one of our earliest and most quotidian optic devices, to envisage alternate worlds beyond the bounds of film history (and conversely, history told through film). Rather, the humble lantern structures familiar feeling, an art of stateless memory that casts undefined shapes and shadows as we remember and abstract in the dark.
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