KO SIU LAN
b. 1977, Xiamen, China. Lives in Toronto and Hong Kong.

Ko Siu Lan plays with the misunderstandings and contradictions when different cultures, languages and social systems co-exist, and is inspired by her experiences of living in China and the West. In 2010, Ko found herself in a controversy when she displayed a piece of work, which was a play on words from a slogan by President Sarkozy, at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Her piece was immediately censored and removed but unbeknownst exactly by whom or why. Since then, she has focused on using words to explore the themes of nostalgia and fear.

Born in 1977 in Xiamen, China.
Lives and works in Beijing, China and Hong Kong.

 

EDUCATION        

1999            
Bachelor of Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong

2000            
Worked on Poverty Alleviation Project in Rural China

2003            
Master of Philosophy in Sociology, University of Hong Kong

2003-2007  
Worked on NGO projects in China and Asia

2007-2009  
Program La Seine, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010  
Dont Think Too Much, Paris Beijing Gallery, Paris, France

2008  
Blue Sky and White Clouds Forever, AFIAC, Tarn, France

2008  
Interartion, La Bellone, Brussels

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITONS

2011           
RED, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
Exposition Saint-Germain des Prés, Institut Français de Chine, Beijing, China
We Are Watching You, Caochangdi Photospring Festival, Beijing, China
In Memory of June Fourth, JCCAC, Hong Kong

2010           
Le Weekend de Sept Jours, curated by Claire Carolin, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts , Paris, France
Illuminations (After Arthur Rimbaud), curated by Ashok Adiceam, LTMH Gallery, New York, USA
Street Biennale, curated by Jeremy Planchon, Sao Paulo, Brazil
ActionScript, Asia Art Archive & CCCD, Hong Kong

2009           
Women Perform, La Bellone, Brussels
Open Festival, Open Art Center, Beijing, China
Porte Ouverts, ENSBA, Paris, France
Live Action, World Culture Museum, Gotenburg, Sweden
Infraction, Swedish Cultural Centre, Paris, France
From 54 to 64, Jockey Club Creative Centre, Hong Kong
De Le La, La Salle College of Arts, Singapore

2008           
Encounter, Lab +, Murica
The Third Biennale of Architecture, 751 Art District, Beijing, China
Open Festival, Open Art Center, Beijing, China
Infraction, Sete, France
Zaz Festival, Performance Art Platform, Israel
Giswil 08, Luzern, Switzeland
Navinki Festival, Weld, Stockholm, Sweden
June Art Action, Times Square, Hong Kong
Troubled, Les Halles de Scheaback, Brussels
Undisclosed Territory, Solo, Indonesia

2007          
Interartion, PétaHertz Studio, Paris, France
Dadao Live Art Festival, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong
EPAF, Centre for Contemporary Art 'Ujazdowski Castle', Warsaw
Made in China, Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Interakcje, Galaria OFF, Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland
Tupada Media and Action Art Festival, Manila

2006           
Cattle Depot Book Fair, Cattle Depot, Hong Kong
New Wave, Videotage, Hong Kong, Guangzhou
14th Performance Art Conference, Blu Space Gallery, Hochimin
June Art Action, Parasite Art Space, Hong Kong
Da Dao Live Art, Dashanzi International Art Festival, 798 Time Space Gallery, Beijing, China
Hermes Ear ‘Hermovo Ucho’, Nitrianska Gallery, Slovakia

2005           
The Body Project, Cattle Depot, Hong Kong
Macau International Performance Art Festival, Macau Art Museum, Macau
Pochean Asian Art Biennale, Pochean Art Museum, Korea
Nippon International Performance Art Festival, Morishita Studio, Tokyo
June Art Action, Kubrick Bookstore, Hong Kong
Transborder Language, Dashazi International Arts Festival, BTAP Gallery, Beijing, China
Hong Kong On the Move, Parasite Art Space, Hong Kong
Onandon Theatre Sister’s Show, On and On Theatre, Hong Kong
Natya Chetna Community Theatre Festival, Orissa, India

2004           
Taiwan International Performance Art Festival, Confucius Temple, Tainan
Double Happiness, BTAP Gallery, Beijing, China
Open Art Festival, Taihu Artspace, Beijing, China
DaDao LiveArt Festival, Soho, Beijing, China
KIPAF International Performance Art Festival, Bucheon, Korea

2003           

SARS International Art Festival, Fringe Club, Hong Kong
Open Art Festival, Northeast Normal University, Changchun
Asiatopia, Bangkok Concret House, Chiangmai University Art Center, Thailand
A Space Art Festival, Nagano, Japan