Wu Tsang

Wu Tsang is an award­winning filmmaker and performance artist. Her works explore hidden histories, marginalized narratives, and the act of performing itself. Her documentary approach combines different types of storytelling with fantastical excursions into imaginary realms. Tsang’s first feature film Wildness (2012) documents an immigrant gay bar in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, where she co­organized a weekly club for the bar’s longtime patrons and young queer artists of colour. The bar itself plays a leading role in the film, serving as an omniscient narrator and embodying the real and fantastical acts through which cultural fictions are formed and expressed. Tsang’s work is characterised above all by numerous long­term collaborations: as part of the performance group Moved by the Motion, or with the poet Fred Moten. Some of her long­term collaborators will be coming to Zurich with Tsang and joining the Schauspielhaus ensemble – the performance artist boychild, electronic musician Asma Maroof from Los Angeles, and the dancer Josh Johnson, who was previously part of the Forsythe Company. She has been awarded various grants and currently holds a prestigious lifetime­achievement award, the 2018 MacArthur “Genius” Grant.

* 1982 in Worcester, Massachusetts

IMPORTANT WORKS: Wildness, Duilian, Gravitational Feel, Sudden Rise, A day in the life of Bliss

IMPORTANT INVITATIONS: MoMa New York, Whitney Biennial, New Museum Triennial, Hammer Museum, Performa 11 New York, Guggenheim Museum, Tate Modern London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Berlin Biennale, Sharjah Biennial, Antenna Space Shanghai, M+ Museum Hong Kong, Hiroshima MOCA, Berlinale Film Festival, South by Southwest Film Festival

AWARDS: MacArthur Fellowships (2018), Guggenheim Fellow (2016), Hugo Boss Prize Nominee (2018), Stipendium Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Stipendium Rockefeller Foundation

2019/20 IN ZÜRICH: Sudden Rise, Composition I, Composition II, Composition (vor) IV, The show’s over

2020/21 IN ZÜRICH: Eine neue Inszenierung