Wu Tsang’s award-winning films combine documentary and narrative techniques with fantastical detours and explore hidden histories, marginalized narratives, and the act of performing itself. Her works often evoke theatrical settings in specific locations, such as historic queer nightclubs, time-traveling ships in the South China sea, and mythical journeys through of the Greek island of Lesbos. Tsang re-imagines racialized and gendered representations to encompass the multiple and shifting perspectives through which we experience the social realm.

For her first exhibition in France, Wu Tsang has transformed Lafayette Anticipations into a hybrid space that summons the worlds of the night and the sacred. Through this metamorphosis, the visitor is immersed in a mysterious atmosphere where recent and earlier works by the American artist are brought together. Like so many reflections on the values carried by our culture, Wu Tsang takes up the themes of perspectives and points of view, of power relationships and solidarity, to revitalise the way we look at individuals and the way society works. For her exhibition, the artist has created an experience which draws on music, dance, architecture, theatre, and performance to celebrate the metamorphosis and fluidity of being.

The project is built around the monumental and original video installation "The Show is Over" (2020), a form of multi-layered opera in which a community of dancers perform to the rhythm of the text ‘come on, get it!’ by the African American poet and academic Fred Moten. The film deals with the liberation and alienation of beings, embodied in a choreography and music that guide the trajectories of the performers and invoke the historical legacies related to blackness—struggle, oppression, power relations—put into perspective with the potential liberation of the being through a renewed relationship with the world and new connections with the elements.

The film’s setting, a floating place, transforms and makes the famous Penrose stairs appear. An ‘impossible’ object, this trompe l’oeil staircase varies according to the viewer’s perspective and can simulate an infinite staircase, a metaphor for the multiplicity of possible points of view and the myriad realities that result from them. "The Show is Over" is a story of separation and fluidity, of the encounter and permeability of materials, states, and bodies.

"The Show is Over" has been co-produced by Lafayette Anticipations and Schauspielhaus, Zürich, where the artist has been director in residence since 2019.

Oct 2020
Jan 2021
Monday11am - 7pm
Wednesday11am - 7pm
Thursday11am - 9pm
Friday11am - 9pm
Saturday11am - 7pm
Sunday11am - 7pm
Wu Tsang, Film Still, "The show is over" (2020), Produced by Schauspielhaus Zürich, Co-Commissioned by Lafayette Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi , Berlin
Wu Tsang, « Sustained Glass », 2019. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin. Photography credit: Roman März. 
13 Mar
13 Sep 2020