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Fiona Tan

Prologue | Fiona, suppose the current limitations were non-existent and we could now sit facing each other. Where do we speak together? We are in my studio in the east of Amsterdam close to the river. It’s hidden away in a courtyard off the street. Quiet and sunny; the sunlight filters through the leaves in front of the windows. I like the early mornings, the best time to concentrate and get work done. How and where do you currently live and work? I’ve been living in Amsterdam now for over thirty years, with year long residencies in Berlin (DAAD) and Los Angeles (Getty) and shorter residencies in Budapest and Stockholm. I was born in Indonesia and grew up in Australia. Which stations and people have shaped you? My biography and my mixed background have definitely shaped me, but I find it boring and limiting if interviewers only want to talk about my background and my cultural identity as a migrant from a mixed background. Which authors and books can be found on your bookshelf? Which books have influenced or shaped you and what are you currently reading? For a new piece I am currently working on I have been reading/rereading a lot of Kafka. His diaries in particular. Here you can see him shaping his …

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Image caption: Portrait Fiona Tan, photo Mark Kohn, courtesy Fiona Tan

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