Terence Koh: Adansonias.

Artist Terence Koh, Chinese born, Canadian bred, is renown for his monochromatic installations and ritualistic performances. Currently, he has transformed the ground floor of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris into an all-white environment, set for an imaginary opera in which he plays the main character alongside eight white clad performers, in one of eight acts, all part of his new solo exhibition 'Adamsonias' at the gallery.

The first act has already taken place, on October 6th. The eighth and final act will be during the FIAC (International Art Fair) on October 22nd. The story is loosely based on the tale of the Little Prince with reference to Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot and the French New Wave, punctuated by experimental live music and song, including a piece of music played by Koh, using only the white keys of the piano, in a reference to Anton Reicha, who used such methods of composition.

Leaving his home in New York, Koh moved to Paris before the opening, taking inspiration from the cities architecture, atmosphere and sensuality to compose his experimental tragic opera. He created drawings, collages and photographs around the scenes of his unorthodox production. In his work, Koh explores such diverse subjects as mythology, religion, identity, power, fashion and sexuality.

Adansonias is on until November 14th 2009. Koh's second performance of eighth act, will be at 8PM on October 22nd 2009.

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

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