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Archive, Sunsets, Notes From Underground, Waves, 2012-2015

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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.





Contact information





Lisa Tan Studio

Gröndalsvägen 20

117 66 Stockholm, Sweden

+46 70 883 57 95

info (at)



Galleri Riis

Arbins gate 7

0253 Oslo, Norway

+47 22 94 40 40

info (at)




Svarvargatan 2

112 49 Stockholm, Sweden

distributes a selection of videos by Lisa Tan






Solo exhibition opens at The Athenaeum, Athens, GA, USA,  January 14 - April 2, 2022


Image lecture, FORUM: Altered States, Keynote & Performance, Kunstinstituut Melly, organized with Ignota Books on the occasion of their poetry anthology of the same name which asks the timely question; can altered states produce altered worlds? December 11, 2021 (in-person and live-stream)


Moderna Museet, Stockholm, acquires Sunsets (2012) and Waves (2014-15) for their public collection, which together with Notes From Underground (2013), also in the collection, forms Tan's trilogy of works stemming from the meeting of enigmatic writers (Lispector, Sontag, Woolf) and natural phenomena, in an examination of creativity and existence. October 2021


The Ghost Ship and the Sea Change, the 11th edition of Göteborg International Biennial of Contemporary of Art to include a new commission by Lisa Tan, opening September 4, 2021


Notes From Underground (2013) on view in the collection of Moderna Museet, Stockholm


Lisa Tan will be included in Komunikazio-inkomunikazio at Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture in San Sebastian, May 28 to August 29, 2021; she'll lead a week-long workshop for JAI (Institute of Artistic Practices) study programme


Waiting Room of a Psychologist and a Neurologist installation included in 84 Steps at Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, April 9, 2021 to March 20, 2022


Lisa Tan contributes to Maria Lind's @52Proposalsforthe20s with a series of posts


Forthcoming artist talk at ABK Stuttgart, State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, and Otis School of Art and Design, Los Angeles, January-February 2021


Lisa Tan selected for residency at Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture in San Sebastian, October-December, 2020


Ballroom Marfa screens My Pictures of You, followed by Q & A with curator, Daisy Nam and Lisa Tan, August 29, 2020


My Pictures of You is a part of Artists' Film International 2020, online at Whitechapel Gallery, with an interview


Review in Kunstkritikk of solo exhibition at Galleri Riis, Oslo, October 17-November 10, 2019 (PDF 394 KB)