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  • Jan 04, 2019

Dismantling utopia: Interview with Fiona Tan

Portrait of FIONA TAN. All images courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London.

Born in Indonesia to an Indonesian-Chinese father and Australian mother, Fiona Tan relocated to Amsterdam in 1984, where she has been based since. Preoccupied with the nature of images, Tan’s works investigate issues of representation and highlight liminal spaces—between photographs, films and installations, as well as fact and fiction. Informed by her 2018 fellowship as artist-in-residence at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, Tan’s solo exhibition “Elsewhere,” comprising video installations inspired by utopian texts, opened in November, 2018, at London’s Frith Street Gallery, and will be followed by a major solo exhibition at Brussels's Musée des Arts Contemporains (MAC) in April. ArtAsiaPacific sat down with the artist to discuss her recent projects, her plans for her upcoming show, and the topics of concern that have persisted throughout her practice.