Tsai Ming-Liang

17.01 — 07.02.2024

Vernissage: 17.01.2024 18:00

Location: Le Commun

Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 10, 1205 Genève

Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday, 2-8pm

Special opening on Thursday 18 January during the Nuit des Bains until 9pm

Image © Homegreen Films

In collaboration with the Black Movie International Independent Film Festival, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special programme on Taiwan, the Centre de la photographie Genève is delighted to present an exhibition by Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-Liang at the Commun, the City of Geneva's cultural space.

The exhibition will be devoted entirely to the Walker series. Continuing his exploration of the relationship between image, body and space, the short film Walker (2012), made for the opening of the Hong Kong Film Festival, features a monk, played by Lee Kang-Sheng, walking slowly through a crowd. This short film is the starting point for the Walker series, which to date comprises 9 medium-length works, taking the walking monk through various cities in Asia and Europe. Crossing streets, squares and theatre stages in slow motion, the walker comes face to face with a lifestyle of urbanity, speed and emptiness. These deliberately slow and regular strolls combine temporal, spatial, physical and visual situations, and vary according to the site chosen by the artist.

Five films from this series will be shown in the exhibition: No Form (2012), Walker (2012), Journey to the West (2014), No No Sleep (2015) and Where(2022). The monk wanders through Taipei, Hong Kong, Marseille, Tokyo and Paris. A recording of the theatrical performance The Monk from Tang dynasty (2014) and a series of sixty drawings and sketches by Tsai Ming-Liang complete the exhibition.

A selective retrospective of the filmmaker's work, comprising previously unseen feature-length and medium-length films, will be shown during the festival. Full programme at blackmovie.ch.

Exhibition produced by the Black Movie Festival, in collaboration with the Centre de la photographie Genève and with the support of the Centre culturel de Taïwan in Paris.