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  • Apr 30, 2024

Up Close: Tsai Ming-liang

On-set photograph of TSAI MING-LIANG’s Abiding Nowhere, 2024, DCP: 79 min. Photos by Claude Wang. Courtesy the National Museum of Asian Art, Washington DC.


On the edge of a quiet river bank a barefooted, red-robed monk presses his heel carefully into the soil. Later, he walks at an inexplicably slow pace across the marble floor of Washington, DC’s iconic Union Station, entirely at odds with the anxious commuters who are either too pushed for time or too distracted by their phones to pay the wayfarer any attention.