Tam, Karen, artist

Biographical Information


Karen Tam is a Canadian artist and curator whose practice focuses on the "constructions and imaginations of cultures and communities." In her installations she recreates sites of cultural encounters including Chinese restaurants, karaoke lounges, opium dens and curio shops. 

She was awarded her BFA in Studio Arts from the Concordia University, Montréal, Québec in 2000; her MFA in Sculpture from the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2002; and a PhD from the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2014. 

She has exhibited her work and participated in residencies in North America, Europe and China. Tam was the winner of the Prix Giverny Capital 2021; a finalist for the 2017 Prix Louis-Comtois and the a finalist for the 2016 Prix en art actuel. 

Tam took part in a Breathe residency at the Chinese Arts Centre in 2006-2007. She was also one of the artists involved in the Dragon exhibition during the Bede and Beijing festival in 2008, which was facilitated by the Centre. 






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