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Graduate Lecture Series: Wu Tsang, Artist
Graduate Fine Arts Building
Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
3001 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
The artist writes: Gregg [Bordowitz] once said that that art can change the world. I believe that storytelling especially has this power. For example, Gabriel Arkles’s YouTube animations make difficult trans [gender] law case studies comprehensible and entertaining for anyone to watch. These kind of stories transform my consciousness; they enable me to imagine the experi- ences of others, feel connected to greater things. Storytelling is also dishonest because its truths are inherently constructed. You have to “serve” the story; it doesn’t always turn out to be “about” what you originally intended. Social movements are built upon narratives (and by extension: archives, histories, writings, oral stories, ideologies) – they are built up in our collective unconscious and in turn transform the world around us.
Tsang’s projects have been presented at the 2012 Whitney Biennial and New Museum Triennial in New York, the ICA Philadelphia, MOCA Los Angeles, the Gwangju Biennial (South Korea), and the Tate Modern and Liverpool Biennial (UK). He was named one of 2012’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine, and is currently a Film Independent Project: Involve Fellow. His first feature WILDNESS won the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary at Outfest 2012 [World Premiere: MoMA Documentary Fortnight (New York, NY), SXSW (Austin, TX), Hot Docs (Toronto, Canada), SANFIC8 (Santiago, Chile)]. He has received grants & support from Good Works, Frameline, Wexner Center for the Arts, IFP, Film Independent, Art Matters, Tiffany Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Contemporary Art Foundation.