Fiona Tan

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Tan, Fiona
Born 1966
Pekanbaru, Indonesia
Nationality Indonesian
Known for video and film installations

Fiona Tan (born 1966 in Pekanbaru, Indonesia), is a visual artist who is primarily known for her photography, film and video installations. Though raised in Australia, she currently lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.[1] She studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunst.[2]

Early life[edit]

Fiona Tan was born in 1966 in Pekanbaru, Indonesia.[3] Her father is Chinese and her mother is Australian.[3] Tan spent her early childhood in Melbourne, Australia.[3] In 1988 Tan moved to the Netherlands to study.[4]


Fiona Tan primarily works in film and photography.[1] Her art often explores themes of history, identity and memory.[1]

Select Solo Exhibitions[edit]

Select Group Exhibitions[edit]

  • Suspended Histories, Museum van Loon, Amsterdam (2013)
  • Inseldasein, DAAD Galerie, Berlin (2013)
  • Le Pont, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Marseille
  • Beyond Imagination, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2012)
  • Arte torna arte, Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence (2012)
  • Autobiography, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (2012)
  • Status, Fotomuseum Winterthur (2012)
  • Moving Portraits, De La Warr Pavilion, UK (2011)
  • Expanded Cinema, MMOMA, Moscow (2011)
  • Architectural Environments for Tomorrow, MOT Tokyo (2011)
  • Architecture Biennale, Venice (2010)
  • São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo (2010)
  • Ich zweifellos, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg (2010)
  • Rethink Kakotopia, Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center (2009)
  • Self and Other, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka (2009)
  • Art Unlimited, Art Basel (2008)
  • Breeze, cur. Marja Bloem, Gallery Nelson Freeman, Paris (2008)
  • The Tropics Martin- Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2008)
  • Be(com)ing Dutch Van Abbemuseum, Eidenhoven (2008)
  • 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)
  • Gallery, Berlin; Neue Börse, Frankfurt (2007)

Prizes and awards[edit]

2007 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (nominee)
2004 ICP Infinity Award for Art, New York
2003 Artes Mundi Prize, Cardiff (nominee) 1998 J.C. van Lanschot Prize for sculpture, Belgium/The Netherlands


2003 IASPIS grant and residency, Stockholm
2001-02 DAAD scholarship and residency, Berlin


  • Mariska van den Berg; John Berger; Lynne Cooke; Heddy Honigmann; Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen; Dominic van den Boogerd (2001). Mariska van den Berg, ed. Fiona Tan, Scenario. nai010. ISBN 9789056621827. *
  • Francesco Bonami; Joel Snyder; Tessa Jackson (2004). Fiona Tan: Correction. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. ISBN 9780933856844. 


  1. ^ a b c "Introducing",, Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  2. ^ Tan, Fiona (c. 2009). Rise and Fall. Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery. p. 103. ISBN 9781895442793. 
  3. ^ a b c Guy Nichols, Matthew. "Fiona Tan", Art in America, Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  4. ^ Joselow, Thea. "Exploring the Video Art of Fiona Tan", Smithsonian Magazine, Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Fiona Tan. Inventory", MAXXI Museum, Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  6. ^ Milliard, Colline. "Image of a People: Fiona Tan Assembles an Intimate Portrait of London from Old Family Photos", ArtInfo, Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Fiona Tan", Vancouver Art Gallery, Retrieved 12 August 2014.

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