Wu Tsang
Filmmaker and Artist
Los Angeles, CA
2019 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by The Todd & Betiana Simon Foundation.

Wu Tsang is an award-winning filmmaker and visual artist who combines documentary and narrative techniques with fantastical detours into the imaginary in works that explore hidden histories, marginalized narratives, and the act of performing itself. Tsang re-imagines racialized, gendered representations beyond the visible frame to encompass the multiple and shifting perspectives through which we experience the social realm.

Tsang’s projects have been presented at museums and film festivals internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Guggenheim Museum, Tate Modern London, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Kunsthalle Münster, Antenna Space (Shanghai), Hiroshima MOCA, Kuandu Museum (Taipei), MCA Chicago, MOCA and Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Nottingham Contemporary, Berlinale Film Festival (Berlin), SANFIC (Santiago), Hot Docs Festival (Toronto), and South by Southwest Film Festival (Austin).

Her first feature film WILDNESS (2012) premiered at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight. Her work was also featured in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and 2012 New Museum Triennial The Ungovernables, 2012 Gwangju Biennial, the 9th Berlin Biennial, Sharjah Biennial, and Performa 11.

She has received grants from Creative Capital, Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. She was a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow (Film/Video), a 2018 Hugo Boss Prize Nominee, and a 2018 MacArthur Fellow.

Portrait photo by Amanda Kho, Artsy.
  • Artwork by Wu Tsang
    Duilian, 2016. Production still. Photo by Ringo Tang.
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    Moved the Motion Ensemble, Anchoritic Cell and Cause at Basel Parcours, 2017. Photo by Inès Manai.
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    Damelo Todo/Odot Olemad, 2011/2015. Installation view at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst. Photo courtesy the artist.
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    The Looks, 2015. Installation view at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. Photo courtesy the artist.
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    Safe Space (neon, mirrors, wood), 2015. Photo courtesy the artist.
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