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 BA Hons in Fine Art (1994) and an MA in Feminism & the Visual Arts (1996), going on to complete a PhD in Fine Art with Aavaa (the African & Asian Visual Artists Archive) at the University of East London (2004). She was nominated for the 2013 Film London Jarman Award and is currently an Associate Professor in Fine Art in the School of Art & Design at Middlesex University.
Solo projects include Lightness (2012), commissioned by Film & Video Umbrella (FVU) and De La Warr Pavilion for the Wellcome-funded exhibition project, Everything Flows; Faster, Higher (2008), commissioned by FVU 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), an Arts Council England and AHRC-funded project 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 supported by an Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Award. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include solo shows at MAI, Montreal (2014), Derby QUAD, UK (2015), and CfCCA, UK (2016).
Group shows in the UK include projects at 198 Gallery, Beaconsfield, Cafe Gallery Projects, Hanmi Gallery, Hayward Gallery, and SPACETriangle (all London); Chinese Arts Centre, Cornerhouse, and Holden Gallery (Manchester); De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill), Hatton Gallery (Newcastle), and the Gallery at Winchester Discovery Centre (Hampshire). Internationally she has shown at Gallery 4a, Australia, Beijing 798 Space, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Shanghai Duolun MoMA, and SITE Sante Fe.
She has published three artist books: Faster, Higher (2009), Golden (Notes) (2007), and NEWS (2005), as well as various book chapters, articles, visual essays and reviews. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Visual Culture, where she was formerly an Editor (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 in London, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Reading, Southampton; and internationally in Berlin, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lisbon, Montreal, New York, and Portland.