Fiona Tan

born 1966


Fiona Tan (born 1966 in Pekanbaru, Indonesia), is a visual artist who is primarily known for her photography, film and video installations. She is best known for her skillfully crafted and intensely moving installations, in which explorations of identity, memory and history are key. Over the past twenty years her work has gained increasing international recognition. 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.

In 2009, she represented The Netherlands at the Venice Biennale with the solo presentation ‘Disorient’. She has 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.

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Fiona Tan: Artist's Talk

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Work of the Week: Saint Sebastian by Fiona Tan

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