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susan pui san lok is an artist, writer and researcher based in London. Exhibition and publication projects range across installation, moving image, sound, performance and text, evolving out of interests in notions of nostalgia and aspiration, place and migration, translation and diaspora.
She graduated from the University of Leeds with a first in Fine Art (1994), going on to gain an MA in Feminism & the Visual Arts with Distinction (1996), and later completed a PhD in Fine Art with Aavaa (the African & Asian Visual Artists Archive) at the University of East London (2004). She was recently nominated for the 2013 Film London Jarman Award and is currently a Reader in Fine Art in the School of Art & Design at Middlesex University.
Solo projects include Lightness (2012), commissioned by Film & Video Umbrella and De La Warr Pavilion for Everything Flows; Faster, Higher (2008), commissioned by Film & Video Umbrella and BFI Southbank to coincide with the Beijing Olympics; DIY Ballroom/Live (2007), a Cornerhouse/BBC Bigger Picture national touring commission; and Golden (2005-7), a series of works in the form of exhibitions, a residency, a publication and live events, including commissions for Beaconsfield, London, and Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester. She is currently developing a project called RoCH Fans & Legends. Forthcoming exhibitions include solo shows at MAI, Montreal (2014) and Artclub 1563, Seoul (2015).
She has published three artist books: Faster, Higher (2009), Golden (Notes) (2007), NEWS (2005), and various book chapters, articles, visual essays and reviews. She was an Editor of Journal of Visual Culture from 2006-13, and guest/co-edited two issues: Notes for Hong Kong, and other Returns (v6 n3, 2007), and Ways of Seeing (v11 n2, 2012). Papers and talks include conferences and events across the UK, including London, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich, Reading; and internationally in Berlin, Hong Kong, Montreal, New York, Portland, and Istanbul.