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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 exploring 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.
Her chapter ‘Doing difficult heritage, performing diasporic memory: Yoshiko Shimada and Oh Haji's art of affective recall' is forthcoming in Routledge International Handbook of Heritage and Gender, ed. J.C Ashton, (London: Routledge, 2024).
Lecturer (Critical and Historical Studies, BA Fine Art and Art History, Critical Issues in Fine Art)
Eliza lectures on Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Brighton, where she leads the MA module Heritage in a Global Context and contributes to a range of modules on the BA History of Art and Design, and Visual Culture. She was co-unit leader of the MA in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art and consultant lecturer who contributed regularly to the Art, Galleries, Museums and Curating Semester Programme at Sotheby's Institute of Art London from 2017-2022.