Fiona Tan (b.1966 in Pekan Baru, Indonesia) works within the contested territory of representation: how we represent ourselves and the mechanisms that determine how we interpret the representation of others. Photography and film – made by herself, by others, or a combination of both – are her mediums; research, classification and the archive, her strategies. Her skillfully crafted, moving and intensely human works, expanded film and video installations, explore history and time and our place within them.
Fiona Tan exhibited the works Saint Sebastian (2002) Facing Forward (1999) and Downside Up (2001) at BAC in 2005. She was invited to the BAC Production-in-Residence program by the 2006/7 jury (Lynne Cooke, Friedrich Meschede and Åsa Nacking) and is currently engaged in a five-year production process at BAC scheduled to come to conclusion in 2011/2.
Fiona was the Dutch representative at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009) presenting her project Disorient. Previous presentations include solo and group exhibitions at the MCA Chicago, the New Museum in New York, Modern Art Oxford, Academie der Künste Berlin, the Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, the Istanbul Biennial, Yokohama Triennale, Documenta 11, the 49th Venice Biennale, the Shanghai Biennale and the Berlin Biennale. Fiona Tan won the Infinity Award for Art in 2004 and was short listed for the first Artes Mundi Prize in 2003 and the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2007.