Galleri Riis

Lisa Tan

Lisa Tan (born 1973, Syracuse, NY, USA) lives in Stockholm, where she is Professor of Fine Art at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. She is currently included in osloBIENNALEN First Edition 2019-2024 with a work titled, Other Artists (2019).

She received an MFA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and a PhD from the University of Gothenburg, Valand Academy. 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.

Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at Kunsthall Trondheim (2017), and the group exhibitions, An Inventory of Shimmers, MIT List Center (2017), Show and Tell, Malmö Konstmuseum (2017), Why Not Ask Again?, 11th Shanghai Biennale (2016), Decent, ICA Philadelphia (2016), Surround Audience, Triennial exhibition at the New Museum (2015). Her work is included in the collections of Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Malmö Konstmuseum, the City of Oslo's public art collection, and The Moraes-Barbosa Collection, São Paulo.

Born 1973 in Syracuse, NY, USA
Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden

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  1. 2010-2015PhD, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  2. 1999-2001MFA, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA
  3. 1992-1996BA, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX


  1. 2019My Pictures of You, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  2. 2017Notes from Underground, Kunsthall Trondheim, Trondheim, Norway
  3. 2016Sunsets, Notes From Underground, Waves, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  4. 2015For every word has its own shadow, Galleri Riis, Stockholm
  5. 2014Sunsets, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
  6. 2012Sunsets, Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels, Belgium
  7. 2011What follows is an ordinary situation, an episode to be related and forgotten, Andreas Grimm München, Munich, Germany
  8. 2011Two Birds, Eighty Mountains and a Portrait of the Artist, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX
  9. 2010Les Samouraïs, FDC Satellite, Brussels, Belgium
  10. 2009Language Barrier, El Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  11. 2008Moving a Mountain, D'Amelio Terras, New York, NY
  12. 2007The Baudelaire Itineraries, Andreas Grimm, Munich, Germany
  13. 2006One Night Stand, curated by Lauri Firstenberg, LA><ART, Los Angeles, CA
  14. 2006Lisa Tan, Grimm Rosenfeld, New York
  15. 2005Lisa Tan, Grimm Rosenfeld, Munich


  1. 2019Oslo Biennial First Edition 2019-2024, Oslo
  2. 2017An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art, MIT List Center, Boston, MA
  3. 201611th Shanghai Biennale, curated by Raqs Media Collective
  4. 2016Descent, curated by Charlotte Ickes, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  5. 2016Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy, curated by Kendra Paitz, University Art Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, IL
  6. 2015Surround Audience, curators Lauren Cornell Ryan Trecartin, The New Museum Triennial, New York, NY
  7. 2015Black Box 2.0 Film festival, curated by Anne Couillaud and Julia Fryett, Seattle, WA
  8. 2014The Mind Was Dreaming. The World Was Its Dream. curated by Paula Naughton, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, Ireland
  9. 2014Take Form, Galleri Riis, Stockholm, Sweden
  10. 2013Just what is it that makes today so familiar, so uneasy? curators Bassam El Baroni, Eva González-Sancho, Anne Szefer Karlsen, Lofoten International Arts Festival, Svolvaer, Norway
  11. 2013Cimetière d'Ixelles, co-curated by Lisa Oppenheim and Lisa Tan, with Helena Almeida, Germaine Kruip, Jochen Lempert, Alexandra Leykauf, and Eva Löfdahl, Art in General, New York, NY
  12. 2013On the Passage of a Few, Simon Preston Gallery, New York, NY
  13. 2013Duets, curated by Carolina Grau, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
  14. 2013Thinking and Speaking, curated by Stephanie Hessler, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
  15. 2013A nonspatial continuum, Schleicher/Lange, Berlin, Germany
  16. 2012A man is walking down the street, curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas and Thom O'Nions, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
  17. 2012Le prince des rayons, Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels, Belgium
  18. 2012Shiver in the Shift, curated by Eva González-Sancho, Parra & Romero, Madrid, Spain
  19. 2012The Revolution Must be Made Little by Little, Part 1 and Part 4, curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo, Brazil
  20. 2011An extended exhibition for a transition function, Hilary Crisp, London, UK
  21. 2011Llama 2, Galeria Nuno Centeno, Porto, Portugal
  22. 2011Ex-libris, Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels, Belgium
  23. 2010Llama, Ana Cardoso, Matt Keegan, Lisa Tan, Amy Granat, Lisa Oppenheim, Conduits, Milan, Italy
  24. 2010Kierkegaard's Walk, curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Galeria Marília Razuk, São Paulo, Brazil
  25. 2010Signs of Life, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
  26. 2010Time's Arrow, curated by Ben Loveless, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
  27. 2010Sur le Dandysme, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  28. 2010For a Brief Time Only at a Location Near You, curated by David Horvitz, Golden Parachutes, Berlin, Germany
  29. 2009Private View II, Andreas Grimm München, Munich, Germany
  30. 2009There is No(w) Romanticism, curated by Lilou Vidal, Galerie Les filles du Calvaire, Brussels, Belgium
  31. 2009On the Beaten Path: Exposition d'œuvres de la collection du Frac Bourgogne, Espace Georges Brassens, Talant, France
  32. 2009STILL / MOVING / STILL, curated by Marc Glöde, Cultuurcentrum Knokke-Heist, Belgium
  33. 2009House Call, curated by Piper Marshall and Alex Gartenfeld, Three's Company, New York, NY
  34. 2008Sturm und Drang, Galerie Kamm, Berlin, Germany
  35. 2008Archeology of Longings, curated by Sofia Hernandez, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France
  36. 2008Nina in Position, curated by Jeffrey Uslip, Artists Space, New York, NY
  37. 2006Local Transit, curated by Brian Butler and Christian Rattemeyer, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand, Artists Space, New York, NY
  38. 2005Happenstance, curated by Lauri Firstenberg, Harris Lieberman, New York, NY
  39. 2004Based on a True Story, curated by Christian Rattemeyer, Artists Space, New York, NY
  40. 2004Mind Over Manner, Grimm, Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany
  41. 2003Game Over, Grimm, Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany


  1. 2018On Photography – A symposium on the legacy of the writings by Susan Sontag, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
  2. 2018Shimmer at Goethe-Institut, Goethe Institute Rotterdam
  3. 2017ever elusive, Transmediale festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
  4. 2016Screening: The net the accidents collect. Organized by Dylan Mira, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles
  5. 2015Psychic geographies, lothringer13_florida, Munich
  6. 2013Encore! Film festival, Bonniers Konsthall at Bio Sture, Stockholm
  7. 2013Screening Room: Brussels, curated by Regina Barunke, Temporary Gallery, Cologne