susan pui san lok is an artist and writer based in London. Projects range across immersive installation, moving image, sound, performance and text, evolving out of interests in archives, memory, nostalgia, amnesia, diaspora, displacement, migration and translation.
seven x seven solo show, South Block and Briggait Project Spaces, Glasgow, curated by Mother Tongue for Glasgow International Festival (2021); A COVEN A GROVE A STAND at Firstsite, part of New Geographies (2019); RoCH Fans & Legends at CFCCA (2016) and QUAD (2015); Lightness (2012), commissioned by Film & Video Umbrella (FVU) and De La Warr Pavilion for the Wellcome-funded exhibition, Everything Flows; Faster, Higher (2008), commissioned by FVU and BFI Southbank to coincide with the Beijing Olympics, with solo shows at the Gallery at Winchester Discovery Centre (2012) and MAI, Montreal (2014); DIY Ballroom/Live (2007-08), a Cornerhouse / BBC Bigger Picture national touring commission; and Golden (2005-7/ongoing), an Arts Council England and AHRC-funded project, including exhibitions, residencies, a publication, live events, and commissions for Beaconsfield, London, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, Guangdong Museum of Art and Venice.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (International)
Rewinding Internationalism, Van Abbemuseum, NL (2022); Diaspora Pavilion and Sonic Soundings, Venice (2017); China Remix, Indiana University, Bloomington (2017); 1st Asia Biennial & 5th Guangzhou Triennial (2015-16); SITE Sante Fe (2012); Hong Kong Arts Centre (2006); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2004); Shanghai Duolun MoMA (2004, 2005); Beijing 798 Space (2004); Gallery 4a, Australia (2001)
GROUP EXHIBITIONS / PROJECTS (UK)
Art Is Where The Home Is artists activity pack, Firstsite (2020); Common Third, Copperfield Gallery, London (2018);
Diaspora , Wolverhampton Art Gallery (2018); Presence – A Window into Contemporary Chinese Art, St George’s Hall, Liverpool (2018); FLOW, Asia-Art-Activism, Raven Row, London (2018); The Global Archive, Hanmi Gallery (2013); Everything Flows, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill (2012); AND Festival, Holden Gallery, Manchester (2012); How We Became Metadata, University of Westminster Gallery, London (2010); Hit the Ground, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle (2009); Artist in the Archive, Cornerhouse (2008); Reassurance, Chinese Arts Centre (2006); Reassurance, SPACETriangle, London (2005); Lightsilver, Beaconsfield (2005); The Translator’s Notes, Cafe Gallery Projects (2003); Cities on the Move, Hayward Gallery (1999); DEAL, 198 Gallery (1998) Pavilion
ARTIST BOOKS / MULTIPLES
seven x seven (2021, artist multiple, digital edition and video); RoCH Fans & Legends (2017, freeebook); RoCH Fan (2015, concertina multiple); Faster, Higher (2009, monograph); Golden (Notes) (2007, artist book); and NEWS (2005, artist book)
‘Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier: Three Decades, Four Moments‘, an extended interview in ‘Remapping British Art’, Art History (S Boyce and D Price eds., 2021; ‘Tiohtià:kee, Tāmaki Makaurau – somewhere over the under, beneath the between‘, short essay in GAX: Ngā Tai o te Ao: Global Tides (A Chang, C Huddleston, J Randerson eds., 2021, St Paul St Publishing, AUT/GAX, A/P/A Institute, NYU); contribution to ‘Decolonising Art History’ Art History (C Grant and D Price eds., 2020); ‘between the voice between the words between the work between us‘, a visual/text essay in ‘Voice as Form‘, Oxford Art Journal (P Corey and W Teo Eds, 2020); co-editor and contributor to Conceptualism: Intersectional Readings, International Framings (N Aikens, SPSL and S Orlando eds., 2019, Van Abbemuseum); an acrostic visual/poetic text for The Place Is Here (N Aikens and E Robles eds., 2019, Sternberg); a video/essay for Deviant Practice (N Aikens ed., 2018, Van Abbemuseum); and visual/text essays for Contesting British Chinese Culture (A Thorpe and D Yeh eds., 2018, Palgrave Macmillan) and the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (2016, special issue, F Koch and RO Lopes, eds)
seven x seven (2021)
Above: susan pui san lok, Ascendants Descendant / Descendants Ascendants (2021), site-specific wallpaper, and Witches Rise (2021), installation with horseshoes. South Block, Glasgow. Installation view. Photo: Matthew Arthur Williams. Below: susan pui san lok, seven x seven, 2021, single-channel video, 26’ 26”. Still: Courtesy of the artist.
A COVEN A GROVE A STAND (2019)
DEVIANT PRACTICE (2016-18)
DIASPORA PAVILION (2017)
RoCH FANS & LEGENDS (2015-17)
FIVE/SIX WOMEN / MAKING WAYS (2012/15)
FASTER, HIGHER (2008, 2009, 2021, 2014)