Erika Tan (born Singapore, 1967) has a background in anthropology, which informs her practice as an artist and curator. Her work is informed by the social, geographical and cultural contexts it is made for, and employs a variety of media to provoke, challenge and stimulate its audiences.
In 2001 Film and Video Umbrella commissioned ‘Pidgin’ by Erika Tan. This was a multimedia installation combining sounds and texts with visual material. It was exhibited at the Norwich Gallery and Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, and was accompanied by a Film and Video Umbrella publication, ‘Pidgin – Erika Tan’.
Tan’s work has been widely exhibited, with solo exhibitions at Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester; Chiangmai Art Museum, Bangkok; and Chelsea Futurespace, London. Her work has featured in group shows at the South London Gallery and The Hayward Gallery, London; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; and the 2006 Singapore Biennale. She lives and works in London.