Night image of apartments

Chris Chong Chan Fui
Malaysian, b. Borneo, 1982
BLOCK B
2009
35mm film transferred to video; color; sound; 20:44 min.
Museum Purchase, 2010 (10.2)

In BLOCK B, Chris Chong Chan Fui films the exterior of an imposing high-rise apartment building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in a single continuous shot. His footage captures the routines of its residents, many of them Indian expatriates residing in the country under precarious employment conditions. As the distant, silhouetted figures move past the building’s windows and around its balconies, we hear scraps of conversation and follow a series of small dramas: children set off fireworks, a teenage couple embraces, and laundry falls from one apartment to another. As it becomes increasingly unclear whether the dialogue is overheard or scripted, the film complicates the boundary between documentary and fiction. Chong’s absorbing vignettes demonstrate the abundant dramatic potential of everyday life.



Past

  • May 14–Jun 11

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    Jacolby Satterwhite

    American, b. Columbia, South Carolina, 1986
    Birds in Paradise
    2019
    Two-channel video; color; sound; 18:20 min.
    Proposed acquisition, November 2020
    @ Jacolby Satterwhite / Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

  • May 21–Jun 18

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    Hiraki Sawa

    Japanese, b. Ishikawa, 1977
    Dwelling
    2003
    Single-channel video; black and white; sound; 9:20 min.
    Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2006 (06.2)

  • May 28–Jun 25

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    Chris Chong Chan Fui

    Malaysian, b. Borneo, 1982
    BLOCK B
    2009
    35mm film transferred to video; color; sound; 20:44 min.
    Museum Purchase, 2010 (10.2)

  • Jun 04–Jul 02

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    Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler

    Irish, American, Swiss, b. Dublin, 1965 / Swiss, b. Baden, 1962
    House with Pool
    2004
    Single-channel video; color; sound; 20:39 min.
    Holenia Purchase Fund, in memory of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 2006 (06.36)

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