Capitol Complex

Tris Vonna-Michell


Tris Vonna-Michell stages installations and performs narrative structures using spoken word, sound compositions, and photography. His narratives are born of historical research and social observation, filtered through personal anecdotes. Vonna-Michell’s works extend over several years as context-specific iterations develop with each exhibition, acknowledging how the perception of historical material is affected by the conditions of the present.

Capitol Complex (2014) evolves around a manuscript consisting of four acts based on four characters, which serves as an underlying blueprint for the work. The story is led by Traveller, who extends his leisurely strolls of the Indian city of Chandigarh into the night in order to experience its unique urban architecture with greater intensity and anxiety. After his nocturnal explorations, he grows weary and changes his course from architectural appreciation to searching for crevices and enclosures. Urban fixtures of obstruction, surveillance, and derailment direct his passages, until a shift in perception occurs.

Vonna-Michell was born in the UK and is based in Sweden. He exhibits internationally, including recent pro-jects with MUSAC in León, Mudam in Luxembourg, VOX in Montreal, Centre Pompidou in Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the 9th Shanghai Biennale, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and Secession in Vienna.