Kan Xuan

Kan Xuan (1972)


Kan Xuan (1972) makes videos. A feeling of repugnance at the same time as one is experiencing beauty is a recurrent element in her work. She shows a large spider, for example, exploring the bodies of a naked man and woman, or skinned frogs in transparent plastic. She records, often in connection with performances, the reactions of herself and of bystanders in an exploratory, somewhat detached manner. The distance gives the videos a meditative quality, offering space for such questions as: where do you stand in the world as a person? Alone, looked at or as participant? For the Prix de Rome, Xuan made videos of ten different Buddha statues from her own collection. Her personal interest in Buddhism is translated into moving and vibrating film images that have a hypnotising effect.

Prix de Rome 2005, photograph