Ken Lum explores issues of identity, immigration, language, and spatial politics through a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, performance, video, photography and critical writing. Lum’s artistic practice often raises questions that are left unanswered, prompting viewers to decipher potential solutions to universal concerns.
His work has been widely exhibited since the 1970’s in venues including the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA; Swiss Institute, New York, NY; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC; National Gallery of Canada, Ontario, Canada; Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands; the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria. His was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the 2008 Gwangju Biennale, the 2007 Istanbul Biennial, Documenta XI and the 1995 and 2001 Venice Biennales. Lum’s work is in the public collections of National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo De Huarte, Navarro, Spain; FRAC Ile de France, le Plateau, Paris, France; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; Elaine Cohen Collection, New York, NY.