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Lisa Tan (born 1973, Syracuse, NY, USA) is an artist living in Stockholm, Sweden. Tan works mostly in video, photography and installation. She engages various literary, historical and personal references to explore the intricate relationship between language, image, and experience. A book on her recent series of videos is published by Archive Books, Berlin.


Tan's work was included in "ever elusive" Transmediale festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), 11th Shanghai Biennale "Why Not Ask Again" at the Power Station of Art (Shanghai), the Triennial exhibition "Surround Audience" at the New Museum (New York), and the Lofoten International Art Festival "Just what is it that makes today so familiar, so uneasy?" (Svolvær). Her work has been included in exhibitions at institutions such as Artists Space (New York), Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo (Santiago de Compostela), CAG Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), Kunsthall Trondheim, The MIT List Center (Cambridge), Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (Dublin), Temporary Gallery (Cologne); and at galleries such as Andreas Grimm (Munich), Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art (Lisbon), Parra & Romero (Madrid), Galerie Nordenhake (Stockholm), Galleri Riis (Stockholm and Oslo), VidalCuglietta (Brussels), and Raquel Arnaud (São Paulo).


Lisa Tan completed a practice-based PhD at the University of Gothenburg, Valand Academy. She received an MFA from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles. She has recently been appointed Professor of Fine Art at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design (Stockholm). From 2016-2018, Tan is Guest Professor in Fine Art at The Royal Institute of Art (Stockholm). In the past, she has given lectures, led theory and practice seminars, and performed MA reviews, at Parsons The New School for Design Fine Arts Department (New York), the University of Gothenburg, Valand Academy, The Royal Institute of Art (Stockholm), Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Stockholm), and the Iceland Academy of the Arts (Reykjavík), and the Laboratory for Art and Research at the Institute for Art and Art Theory/Intermedia, University of Cologne.



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Contact information



Lisa Tan Studio

Gröndalsvägen 22

117 66 Stockholm, Sweden

+46 70 883 57 95

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Galleri Riis

Arbins gate 7

0253 Oslo, Norway

+47 22 94 40 40

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(updated 2018-04-09)


April 20, 2018

On Photography, A Symposium on the Legacy of Susan Sontag at Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Speakers: David Campany, London, Susie Linfield, New York, Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Helsinki and Lisa Tan, Stockholm.



April 26-28, 2018

Über Leben conference at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

The conference will consider what it means to live as an artist today, taking in both pragmatic aspects (überleben—to survive) and philosophical reflections (über Leben—about life). Guests include Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel, Verena Dengler, Diedrich Diederichsen, Jürg Egli, Matthieu Laurette, Elizabeth Lebon, Thomas Locher, Martina Mächler, Angela McRobbie, Rosalie Schweiker & San Keller, Christine Streuli, Lisa Tan, Übermorgen (Lizvlx & Hans Bernhard), and Carey Young.










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