ABOUT

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, dis/placement, migration, mis/translation, untranslatability.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

seven by seven solo show, Briggait Hall, Glasgow, curated by Mother Tongue for Glasgow International Festival (postponed to 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)

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 Pavilion , 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)

ARTIST BOOKS/MULTIPLES

seven by seven, artist multiple and ebook, part of New Geographies (2020, forthcoming); RoCH Fans & Legends (2017, freeebook); RoCH Fan (2015, concertina multiple); Faster, Higher (2009, monograph); Golden (Notes) (2007, artist book); and NEWS (2005, artist book)

RECENT / UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS

Contributions to two special issues of the journal Art History, ‘Remapping British Art’ (S Boyce and D Price eds., 2021, forthcoming) and ‘Decolonising Art History’ (C Grant and D Price eds., 2020); a visual/text essay for a special issue of Oxford Art Journal, on ‘Voice as Form in Contemporary Asian Art’, P Corey and W Teo Eds, 2020, forthcoming); 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)

SELECTED PROJECTS

2019 A COVEN A GROVE A STAND

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susan pui san lok: A COVEN A GROVE A STAND, Firstsite, 2019. Photo: Douglas Atfield
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susan pui san lok, 2019, Score for Voices, 7-panel text, 238 x 420mm, limited edition of 1,000 / unlimited photocopies

2016 – 2018 DEVIANT PRACTICE

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susan pui san lok, ‘Through the Gate / an(g)archivery’, 2018, essay/2-channel video (still). Deviant Practice research residency/e-publication, Van Abbemuseum, curated/edited by Nick Aikens

2017 DIASPORA PAVILION

susan pui san lok, Untitled (Pavilion), 2017, installation with shimmer and lighting filter. Diaspora Pavilion, Palazzo Pisani Santa Marina, Venice, 13 May to 26 November 2017.
Above/below: susan pui san lok, Untitled (Pavilion), 2017, installation with shimmer and lighting filter. Diaspora Pavilion, Palazzo Pisani Santa Marina, Venice, 13 May to 26 November 2017

2017 Golden @ Venice - 225

2013 – 17 RoCH FANS & LEGENDS

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susan pui san lok, RoCH Fans and Legends, 2013-ongoing, various works. Solo exhibitions at QUAD, 2015, and CFCCA, 2016.
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susan pui san lok, RoCH Fans and Legends, 2013-ongoing, various works. Solo exhibitions at QUAD, 2015, and CFCCA, 2016.
susan pui san lok, RoCH (Trailers), 2015, work in progress (stills)
susan pui san lok, RoCH (Trailers), 2015, work in progress (stills)
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susan pui san lok, RoCH (Trailers), 2015, work in progress (stills)

2012 / 2015 FIVE/SIX WOMEN / MAKING WAYS

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Above: susan pui san lok, Six Women, 2015, series of drawings Below: susan pui san lok, Making Ways, 2012, visual essay / eight collages
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2012 LIGHTNESS

Above/below: susan pui san lok, Lightness, 2012. Multi-channel sound and video installation, commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella for ‘Everything Flows’, De La Warr Pavilion, 2012.

2008 / 2009 / 2012 / 2014 FASTER, HIGHER

susan pui san lok, Faster, Higher, 2008
Above/below: susan pui san lok, Faster, Higher, 2008, five-screen installation. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and BFI Southbank Gallery.

 

2005-ongoing GOLDEN

susan pui san lok, Golden (Lessons), 2006 (installation view, Beaconsfield)
Above/below: susan pui san lok, Golden, 2005-ongoing, various works. Solo exhibitions at Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester and Beaconsfield Contemporary Art, London, 2006. Reversioned for the 1st Asia Biennial/5th Guangzhou Triennial, 2015-16, and Diaspora Pavilion, Venice, 2017
susan pui san lok, Years, 2006 (stills)
susan pui san lok, Years, 2006 (still)

  

susan pui san lok, Mobile Ballroom, 2006
All texts and images © susan pui san lok unless otherwise stated