Curriculum vitae, PDF (64 KB)
Lisa Tan is an artist and educator based in Stockholm. She works with video, photography, text, installation, and other gestures. Her own experiences of desire, loss and otherness, serve as drivers for explorations into consciousness, the formation of individual subjectivity, and the role that different representations play in shaping a person’s relationship to the world and to others. She regularly draws from literature and the history of photography.
She received a MFA from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, where she lived for several years, before relocating to New York, where she made art and exhibitions while also working a day-job at an interior architecture firm. In 2010, she was accepted to the practice-based PhD program at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg. This, along with a partner based in Stockholm, is what eventually brought her to Sweden.
Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions and screenings at institutions such as Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Whitechapel Gallery (London), Kunstinstituut Melly (formerly known as Witte de With) (Rotterdam), MIT List Center (Cambridge), Kunsthall Trondheim, ICA Philadelphia, Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), Tabakalera International Center for Contemporary Culture (San Sebastian), Contemporary Art Gallery CAG (Vancouver), and Artists Space (New York). Tan’s work was presented in the 11th Göteborg International Biennial of Contemporary Art (GIBCA) (2021), osloBIENNALEN First Edition (2019-2020), ever elusive, Transmediale festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2017), Why Not Ask Again?, the 11th Shanghai Biennale (2016), Surround Audience, the Triennial exhibition at the New Museum (2015).
Lisa Tan is represented by Galleri Riis (Oslo).
Her work is in the collections of Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Malmö Konstmuseum, the City of Oslo’s public art collection, Coleção Moraes-Barbosa, São Paulo, and Artium the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Sunsets, Notes From Underground, and Waves, an artist book on Lisa Tan’s series of videos from 2012-2015, is published by and available at Archive Books, Berlin. It was designed and edited by Joshua Shaddock, and features texts by Mara Lee, Lauren O’Neill-Butler, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, and Lisa Tan.
For full-length viewing copies of Lisa Tan's videos please email the studio address below.
Lisa Tan Studio
117 66 Stockholm, Sweden
+46 70 883 57 95
Arbins gate 7
0253 Oslo, Norway
+47 22 94 40 40
112 49 Stockholm, Sweden
distributes a selection of videos by Lisa Tan
Lisa Tan selected for the Amant, Studio & Research Residency Siena, Italy, 2023.
Solo exhibition, Dodge and/or Burn, opens at Accelerator on September 16, 2023 (closes February 11, 2024).
Group exhibition, herein between spaces, opens at Marabouparken konsthall, Stockholm on October 7, 2023 (closes January 28, 2024).