Fiona Tan was born in Pekanbaru (Indonesia) in 1966. She lives and works in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and Los Angeles (U.S.A.).
Her work has been exhibited in numerous shows worldwide. In 2002 she took part in the documenta 11 in Kassel. In 2009 she represented the Netherlands at the 53rd Venice Biennale. In 2013, she presented Inventory at MAXXI, in Rome.
The work of Fiona Tan, with its characteristic visual richness and singular temporalities, examines complex issues such as the relationship between personal and collective history, the presence of the past in the present, the intertwine of memory and forgetfulness, and the porous nature of identity.
Whether imaginary or real, the protagonists around which Fiona Tan constructs her video installations are often at the centre of the image, as in the six filmed portraits of inhabitants of Amsterdam that form Provenance, or in Nellie, a portrait of Cornelia van Rijn, Rembrandt’s illegitimate daughter, who emigrated to Indonesia at the age of sixteen. In other works, their presence becomes manifest even through their absence, as in Inventory, which combines sequences shot inside Sir John Soane’s Museum in London.