|Alma mater||Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam|
|Known for||video art and film installations|
Fiona Tan (born 1966 in Pekanbaru, Indonesia) is a visual artist primarily known for her photography, film and video art installations. With her own complex cultural background, Tan's work is known for its skillful craftsmanship and emotional intensity, which often explores the themes of identity, memory, and history. Tan currently lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Early life and education
Fiona Tan was born in 1966 in Pekanbaru, Indonesia, to an Indonesian Chinese father and Australian mother. Tan spent her early childhood in Melbourne, Australia. In 1984 she moved to Europe, where she has resided since. Between 1988 and 1992 Tan studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Between 1996-1997 she also studied at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunst.
In 2019, Tan completed a photography/film project titled L'archive des ombres/Shadow Archive during her residency at the Mundaneum, a repository created by Belgian visionary Paul Otlet with the goal of cataloging all human knowledge. An exhibition of the same name was staged at the Musée des Arts ContemporainsArchived 2019-11-02 at the Wayback Machine Grand-Hornu, Belgium in 2019.
In 2009, she represented The Netherlands at the Venice Biennale with the solo presentation Disorient. She has also participated in Documenta 11, the Yokohama Triennale, the Berlin Biennale, São Paulo Biennial and also at the Istanbul Biennial, the Sydney Biennial and Asian Pacific Triennial. Her work is represented in many international public and private collections including the Tate Modern, London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Schaulager, Basel, the New Museum, New York, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.[better source needed]
In 2003 Tan created a poster, Lift, for Transport for London. In 2016 she directed her debut film, History's Future. Her second feature film Ascent premiered at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival. During this year she was also the artist in residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California.
Tan has had solo exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide including the New Museum, New York, Vancouver Art Gallery, Sackler Galleries, Washington DC, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Switzerland, Akademie der Künsten, Berlin, Kunstverein Hamburg, Konsthal Lund, Landesgalerie Linz, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montréal, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
- Inside Out, Montevideo/Time Based Arts, Amsterdam (1995)
- 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg (1997)
- Roll I and II, De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art, Tilburg, Netherlands (1999)
- Elsewhere is a Negative Mirror, De Begane Grond, Utrecht, Netherlands (1999)
- Cradle, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam (1999)
- Smoke Screen, De Balie, Amsterdam (1999)
- Stimuli, Witte de With, Rotterdam (1999)
- Venice Biennale, Venice (2001)
- Rain, Galerie Elisabeth Kaufmann, Zurich (2001)
- Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (2002)
- Link, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2003)
- Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul (2003)
- Time Zones, Tate Modern, London (2004)
- Saint Sebastian, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montréal, Canada (2005)
- Saint Sebastian, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (2005)
- Countenance, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England, (2005)
- Short Voyages, Frith Street Gallery, London (2006)
- 80 Tage, Vox Populi, Countenance; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2007)
- A Lapse of Memory, Royal Institute of British Architects, London (2007)
- A Lapse of Memory, Frith Street Gallery, London (2007)
- Countenance, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA (2008)
- Provenance, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2008)
- Disorient, Dutch Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale (2009)
- Saint Sebastian, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC (2009)
- Rise and Fall, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2010)
- Vox Populi London, Frith Street Gallery, London (2010)
- Rise and Fall, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland
- Rise and Fall, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2010)
- Vox Populi Switzerland, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (2011)
- Rise and Fall, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo (2011)
- Point of Departure, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contempraeneo, Sevilla, Spain (2012)
- Disorient, Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2012)
- Vox Populi London, The Photographers' Gallery, London (2012)
- Ellipsis, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2013)
- Inventory, MAXXI, Rome (2013)
- Inventory, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2013-2014)
- Terminology, Metropolitan Museum for Photography, Tokyo (2014)
- Terminology, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2014)
- Nellie, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo (2014)
- Options & Futures, Rabo Kunstzone, Utrecht, Netherlands (2014)
- Depot, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2015)
- Ghost Dwellings, Frith Street Gallery Soho Square, London (2015)
- Geography of Time, Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo (2015)
- Inventory, Frith Street Gallery, London (2015)
- Geography of Time, Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo (2015-2016)
- Geography of Time, Mudam, Luxembourg (2016)
- Ascent, Izu Photo Museum, Nagaizumi, Japan (2016)
- Geografie of Time, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (2016-2017)
- Disorient, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Abando, Spain (2016-2017)
- Nellie, IMA, Brisbane, Australia (2017)
- Geography of Time, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (2017)
- Ascent, De Pont Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands (2017)
- Time and Memory, Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía, Spain (2018)
- Elsewhere, Frith Street Gallery, London (2018-2019)
- Shadow Archive, MAC's, Grand Hornu, Belgium (2019)
- Ascent, Samstag Museum, Adelaide, Australia (2019)
- Ideas of Utopia, Borch Editions Butik, Copenhagen (2019)
- Disorient, Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2019-2020)
- Goraiko, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany (2019-2020)
- Archive / Ruins, Peter Freeman, Inc., New York (2020)
- Geography of time, Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam (2022)
- Cine y Casi Cone, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid (2007)
- Global Multitude, Rotunde, Luxemburg (2007)
- L'oeil ecranou la nouvelle image, Casino Luxembourg (2007)
- Museum of Contemporary Art of Bucharest, Romania (2007)
- Contour, Museum Prinsenhof, Delf (2007)
- Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva (2007)
- Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, Photographer's Gallery; Berlin (2007)
- Neue Börse, Frankfurt (2007)
- Breeze, cur. Marja Bloem, Gallery Nelson Freeman, Paris (2008)
- The Tropics Martin- Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2008)
- Be(com)ing Dutch, Van Abbemuseum, Eidenhoven (2008)
- Rethink Kakotopia, Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center (2009)
- Self and Other, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka (2009)
- Architecture Biennale, Venice (2010)
- São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo (2010)
- Ich zweifellos, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg (2010)
- Moving Portraits, De La Warr Pavilion, UK (2011)
- Expanded Cinema, MMOMA, Moscow (2011)
- Architectural Environments for Tomorrow, MOT Tokyo (2011)
- Le Pont, Musée d'Art Contemporain[clarification needed], Marseille[clarification needed]
- Beyond Imagination, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2012)
- Arte torna arte, Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence (2012)
- Autobiography, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (2012)
- Status, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2012)
- Inseldasein, DAAD Galerie, Berlin (2013)
- Suspended Histories, Museum van Loon, Amsterdam (2013)
- Go-Betweens, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2014)
- Paradise Lost, CCA, Singapore (2014)
- FUTURE PRESENT, Schaulager, Laurenz Foundation, Basel, Switzerland (2015)
- NO MAN'S LAND, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, United States (2015)
- Ecce Homo, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2016)
- J.C. van Lanschot Prize for sculpture, Belgium/The Netherlands (1998)
- Artes Mundi Prize, Cardiff (nominee) (2003)
- ICP Infinity Award for Art, New York (2004)
- Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (nominee) (2007)
- Getty Artist-in-Residence Fellowship, Los Angeles (2016)
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- Francesco Bonami; Joel Snyder; Tessa Jackson (2004). Fiona Tan: Correction. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. ISBN 9780933856844.
- Tan, Fiona (2015). Fiona Tan : geography of time. London: Koenig Books. ISBN 9783863358396. OCLC 923727690.
- Tan, Fiona (2006). Fiona Tan. Heidelberg: Kehrer Verlag. p. 384 pages. ISBN 9783936636895. OCLC 123470361.
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