Sarah Morris: Who is Who

Sarah Morris Special Screening: Rio

Sarah Morris: Who is Who

Sarah Morris Special Screening: Rio

Date & Time

13 Apr 2024 3:00pm – 4:30pm


JC Cube


Exclusive to Tai Kwun Fan, Free of charge


Coinciding with Sarah Morris’s solo exhibition at Tai Kwun Contemporary Sarah Morris: Who is Who, the special screening will feature the artist’s eleventh film Rio.

In Rio, Sarah Morris continues her cinematic investigation into urban psychological landscapes, this time moving her focus to Rio de Janeiro, a vast and contradictory metropolis. Tracing the culture and the undercurrents of the city, Morris captures individuals and sites as varied as the office of architect Oscar Niemeyer; a dance party of children in the “City of God”; the Mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes and his core group; the famed talk show host, Regina Casé on a visit to a favela; the apartment of Bossa Nova muse, Danuza Leão; and the largest assembly line in South America: Brahma beer factory. The film concludes with the Carnival Winner’s Parade, depicting the presentation of Brazilian life at its most dazzling and spectacular.

Rio is a celebratory tale involving the history of twentieth-century architecture and spectacle. One of Morris’s starting points was Orson Welles’ It’s All True – the American Director’s unfinished documentary about Rio’s Carnival. Instead of making the collective festival the main focus of her film, Morris refocuses her lens on the multitude of other events simultaneously transpiring in the city. The Carnival’s filter and effect is seen refracted everywhere and nowhere.


Director: Sarah Morris

US | 2012 | 88.33 min | HD Digital

On the day of the event, JC Contemporary will be open from 11am to 7pm, participants are welcome to visit the exhibition before or after the screening.
* This will be an open seating event. The films have not been classified yet. If they are subsequently classified as Category III films, audience members must be aged 18 or above.

Artist Bio

Since the mid-1990s, New York based artist Sarah Morris (b. 1967) has been making abstract paintings and films to investigate what she describes as ‘urban, social and bureaucratic typologies.’ Her cinematic works, often focused on different cities, are derived from close inspections of architectural details combined with a critical sensitivity to the psychology of place. Morris has exhibited extensively including solo exhibitions at M+ Façade, Hong Kong (2024); Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany (2023); Espace Louis Vuitton Munich, Germany (2023); Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany (2023); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2018); Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland (2017) and more.