Pekanbaru, Indonesia, 1966.
Born to a Chinese father and an Australian mother. She studied in Europe, in the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the in Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam.
She became known as an artist thanks to a series of works that were based on archive images and film archives which she used to question the observer and the content observed. At the same time, these images helped her to question the colonial past.
Her work is a reflection of her own existence. Her multicultural and cosmopolitan baggage is reflected in the interest with which she demonstrates her artistic tendencies in relation to the concept of human migration.
Her work investigates rootlessness, the origins of identity and the personality of the individual. All of these are values that confront the codes traditionally assumed by society. Her work explores memory, time and history.
The human being is faced with the dilemma of integrating to a new society or not, even at the cost of abandoning their identity, assuming values that override their own. It is the continuous struggle between the individual's own inherited past and the present, seeking understanding. It is a moment of cultural mixture where the individual attempts to defend their own self, their identity before others.
Her video-installations present individuals that stare at the camera lens from their own world, self-affirming their identity before the other Me that is observing it all. The majority of the time, these characters do not communicate with each other, they do not leave their vital scene, they are not willing to lose ground to their own self. This is isolation between people of different cultures.
Her latest works focus on how memory relates to images in our mind and to what extent our memory can be inaccurate and creative even so.
Her work has been exhibited in the 21st Century Museum of Modern Art in Kanazawa, the Bergen Kunstmuseum in Norway, the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, the Deutsche Bank Collection in Frankfurt, the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, the MUSAC in León, the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the Booijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, the Art Museum of Taipei, the Tate Collection in London, etc.
She has participated in important international exhibitions and the Biennials of Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Sydney and Yokohama. In 2009 she represented the Netherlands in the Venice Biennale.
She lives and works in Amsterdam.
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