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Fiona Tan Named Artist in Residence at Getty Research Institute

Installation view of "Fiona Tan, Inventory", 2012, COURTESY THE ARTIST AND FRITH STREET GALLERY, LONDON

Installation view of “Fiona Tan: Inventory,” 2012.


The Getty Research Institute announced today that Fiona Tan will be the artist in residence for its 2016–2017 Scholars Program. Operating under the theme of “Art and Anthropology,” the institute’s annual research program will host 46 scholars alongside Tan at the Getty Center and Villa in Los Angeles. While there, the group will make use of the Getty collections, conducting various research projects about such topics as Pueblo architecture, luxury objects in Aztec Mexico, and graffiti.

Tan grew up in Australia before moving to Amsterdam, where she currently works. Her film and video work revolves around issues of identity, often related to globalization and the effects such a homogenizing cultural force can have on collective histories and memory.

In a statement, program head Alexa Sekyra said, “In asking scholars open-ended questions about their disciplines, methodologies, and their relationships to other fields of research, we received top-tier proposals that span continents and eras. I’m excited to see the great work that will come out of this incoming group of exceptional researchers.”

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