b. Pekan Baru, Indonesia 1966
Fiona Tan is an artist currently based in Amsterdam. As a child she emigrated with her family from Indonesia to Australia. She attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, between 1988-1992, followed by the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunst, Amsterdam in 1996-1997. Tan’s practice draws on the tensions between ethnography and personal travelogue. Often using or referring to photographic and filmic archive, Tan combines the two in expanded film and video installations. Her work often engages in ritual, as seen in the dual-screen video installation Saint Sebastian (2001). Tan was included in Documenta 11, Kassel; 49th Venice Biennale and the Berlin Biennale (2001) and was included in the 15th Biennale of Sydney (2006). Tan’s recent solo exhibitions include Musee d'Art Contemporain, Montreal, Canada (2005) and Countenance (and other works), Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK and
Baltic Art Center, Visby, Sweden (2005); Landesgalerie, Linz, Austria; touring to Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Norway and Pori Art Museum, Finland (2006). Her film Lapse of Memory was commissioned for Brighton Photo Biennial 2006. Fiona Tan is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London.