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Eliza Tan is an art historian specialising in contemporary art in the context of globalisation, with a particular focus on practices which grapple with a set of concerns regarding archival silences and representation; legacies of war and occupation; heritage and marginalised histories; diasporic memory and contemporary forms of colonial erasure. She holds an MA History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and AHRC funded PhD from Kingston University for her doctoral thesis, which explores the intersection of postwar memory, feminism and art activism in Japan in the 1990s through the artist Yoshiko Shimada’s archive and East Asian women artists' network.

In addition to the independent curatorial projects she has organised, she has worked in various capacities with institutions including the Stanley Picker Gallery, Solomon R. Guggenheim New York, Art Forum Berlin, Singapore Art Museum and National Arts Council Singapore. Her writing has appeared in publications including the Oxford Art Journal, n.paradoxa international feminist art journal, ArtAsiaPacific and documenta 12 magazines. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Kingston University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2016

Master, Courtauld Institute of Art

Award Date: 1 Jun 2006


Award Date: 1 Jun 2003

External positions

Consultant Lecturer, Sotheby's Institute of Art

2017 → …

Lecturer, History of Art & Critical Theory, Kingston University

2016 → …


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