Berny Tan (b. 1990) is a Singaporean artist, curator, and writer. Her interdisciplinary practice explores the tensions that arise when one applies systems to – and unearths systems in – intangible personal experiences, complicating the false binary between rational and emotional. Her projects are attempts to reframe this space of ambivalence as generative rather than paralytic.
Tan’s strategies reflect a fundamental interest in language as it is read, written, and spoken by her. She sees language itself as a system through which her subjectivit(ies) can be simultaneously articulated and encoded, allowing her to interweave the confessional with the analytical, the affective with the critical.
Tan is currently pursuing her MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London, and holds a BFA (Hons) in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of Visual Arts. She previously worked as Assistant Curator for OH! Open House, a non-profit that explores Singapore’s cultural geography through art. She has also exhibited her work in Singapore, New York, and the United Kingdom, with two solo exhibitions in Singapore in 2018.