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Erika Tan

  • CountrySingapore
  • Born1967


Erika Tan is an artist whose work has evolved from an interest in received narratives, contested heritage, subjugated voices and the transnational movements of ideas, people and things. Her work arising out of processes of research and responses to the unravelling of facts, fictions, and encounters related to events, locations, audiences and specifics that may already exist. Her work has been exhibited internationally including Diaspora Pavilion, Palazzo Pisani Santa Marina, Venice (2017); The Samsung Art Plus Prize, BFI, London (2011); Around The World in Eighty Days, South London Gallery / ICA, London (2007); The Singapore Biennale (2006); Cities on the Move (Hayward Gallery, London). 

As an extension to her practice, Tan has also jointly curated and project managed art projects in association with Above:Below such as The ICA in China; Imaginaria Digital Art Prize ’99; HUB @The RiCHMiX, an urban regeneration project; Souvenirs, interventionist project in Museum Street, London. Tan has also had a long-standing interest and engagement with the Chinese Arts sector in Britain. Working as a Chinese Arts Worker and freelance research assistant/curator she has contributed to Half the Sky: Chinese Women in London, Museum of London, 1997; and In Focus: Film and Video from the Chinese Diaspora: Britain and Another Province, Waterman Art Center, London, 1997. She was involved in the initial developments of CAS, an East Asian Art Space within the center of London and was part of the Chinese Art Centre’s (Manchester) Leadership Network Training Scheme. 

Tan studied Social Anthropology and Archaeology at Kings College, Cambridge; Film Directing at The Beijing Film Academy, followed by an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint MartinsUniversity of the Arts, London. Awards include: NAC Singapore Arts Creation Award for new work (Repatriating the object With No Shadow); The Arts Council Black Arts Video Award; ACAVA Studio Award; Digital Arts Fellowship, The Arts Foundation; British Council Travel Grant to Japan; Arts Council Connections Fund to Singapore, 99/2000; ACME Live Work Studio Award, London; Artists Links British Council/Arts Council Residency in China Award. 

Tan is a Lecturer on the BA Fine Art course at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. 

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