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.
Lisa holds an MFA from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, where she lived for eight years, before relocating to New York. In the years following, she made art and exhibitions, while also working a day job at an interior architecture firm until she applied for and was accepted to the practice-based PhD program at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg. This, along with having a partner based in Stockholm, is what eventually brought her to Sweden.
Her work has been included in Artists' Film International at Whitechapel Gallery (2020), Oslo BIENNALEN 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); and her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at institutions such as Kunsthall Trondheim, MIT List Center (Cambridge), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), ICA Philadelphia, Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), Tabakalera International Center for Contemporary Culture (San Sebastian), Contemporary Art Gallery CAG (Vancouver), and Artists Space (New York). Her work is included in the public collections of Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Malmö Konstmuseum, the City of Oslo’s pub- lic art collection, and Coleção Moraes-Barbosa, São Paulo. 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.
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