Ho Tam

BIOGRAPHY

 

Ho Tam was born in Hong Kong, educated in Canada and the U.S. and worked in advertising companies and community psychiatric facilities before turning to art. He practices in multiple disciplines including photography, video, painting and print media. His first video, The Yellow Pages, was commissioned by the public art group PUBLIC ACCESS for an installation/projection at the Union Station of Toronto in 1994/95. Since then Tam has produced over 15 experimental videos. He was included in the traveling exhibition Magnetic North: Canadian Experimental Video by Walker Art Center, Minnesota. His feature documentary film "Books of James" was awarded Outstanding Artistic Achievement (Outfest, LA) and Best Feature Documentary (Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival). He also publishes several series of artist's books and zines. Tam is an alumnus of Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program, Bard College (MFA) and recipients of various fellowships and artist's grants.

 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

 

2019 Victoria Arts Council, Victoria

2018 Galerie Articule, Montreal

 Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC

 Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto

2016 Platform Centre for Photographic & Digital Arts, Winnipeg

 Centre(3) for Prints & Media Arts, Hamilton

2015 Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto

2014 Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles

2010 Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto

2008 Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse

2006 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria

 Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto

2005 Xchanges Gallery, Victoria

2004 Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto

 Seoul Poster Project, Seoul, Korea

2003 VU – Centre de diffusion et de production de la photographie, Quebec City

 White Water Gallery, North Bay (Ontario)

2002 Photo Passage at the Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

 Centre A, Vancouver

2001 Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa

 Gallery TPW, Toronto

1999 Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton

1997 Galerie 101 Gallery, Ottawa

 Plug In, Inc., Winnipeg

1996 Garnet Press Gallery, Toronto

 Neutral Ground, Regina

1995 Galerie Articule, Montréal

 Floating Gallery (Light Year Photo Festival), Winnipeg

 University of California at Berkeley Extension, San Francisco

 YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto

1994  Observatoire 4, Montréal

 Art Starts Neighbourhood Cultural Centre, Toronto

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2017 Spectrosynthesis Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei

2014 Radiation Art Center of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

2012 Editions 1 Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto

2009 Contacting Toronto Subway Platform, Toronto Transit Commissions

2007 Redress Express Centre A, Vancouver

2006 A Usable Past   Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center, New York

 Life and Death of I.D. McMaster University Museum,  Hamilton ON

2005 Aesthetics of Everyday Glenbow Museum, Calgary

 Return to Sender Pender 69, Vancouver

2004 Video Portraits Kitchener/Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener/Waterloo ON

 Creative Insecurity South Asian Visual Arts Collective, Toronto

 Dislocation Fringe Club, Hong Kong

2003 Ménage à trois  Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland

2002 Video Nomad Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver

 In Case of Rapture Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston

 Magnetic North: Canadian Experimental Video Whatshan, Taipei

2001 Others  Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center, New York

 Magnetic North: Canadian Experimental Video Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton

 Magnetic North: Canadian Experimental Video The Power Plant, Toronto

 Dead Teenagers West Wing Art Space, Toronto

2000 Being On Time Public Access at Central Technical High School, Toronto

 Magnetic North: Canadian Experimental Video Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

1999 In the Marketplace of Private Life Photographic Resource Center, Boston

 Line Up Henry Street Settlement Abrons Art Center, New York

1998 A Skowhegan Decade David Beitzel Gallery, New York

1997 The Carriage House - Project 97 Islip Art Museum, Islip (New York)

 Uncommon Traits CEPA Gallery, Buffalo

 Home Is Where The Heart Is White Columns, New York

 Video Postcards  Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

 Snappy Title YYZ Artists' Outlet, Toronto

1996 Consumption Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco

 Snow Garnet Press Gallery, Toronto

 Rebecca Baird/Ho Tam Open Studio Gallery, Toronto

1995 Group Show Garnet Press Gallery, Toronto

 Celebrity-hood Longwood Art Project, Bronx (New York)

1994 Stonewall 25 White Columns, New York

 Contested Spaces Public Access at Union Station, Toronto

1993 Dismantling Invisibility A Space, Toronto

 Bookworks AKA Artists' Centre, Saskatoon

 Inside/Outside: New Chinese Art Galerie SAW Video, Ottawa

 Inside/Outside: New Chinese Art Artspace, Peterborough

1992 Artists At the "Y" West End YMCA, Toronto

 Roundup ‘92 Artist’s Studio, Toronto

 

 

SELECTED ART BOOK FAIR EXHIBITIONS

 

2016 Los Angeles Art Book Fair

2015 New York Art Book Fair

 I NEVER READ Art Book Fair Basel

 MISS READ Art Book Fair Berlin

2014 Antwerp Art Book Fair

 New York Art Book Fair

2013 Los Angeles Art Book Fair

 Tokyo Art Book Fair

 

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Steven Leyden Cochrane, “The Value of Awareness: Vancouver Artist’s Magazines Push Back Against Media Misrepresentation and Damaging Stereotypes,” Winnipeg Free Press, October 17, 2016

Tricia Wasney, “Where in the World I am: A Response to Ho Tam’s Cover to Cover,” Platform Centre Exhibition Catologue, November 2016

Sally Frater, “Translations,” Centre3 Catalogue, February 2016

Joni Low, “Possibilities for the Page: 88Books & Artists’ books in China,” Yishu Art Journal, Vol. 11, No. 6, 2012

Mike Hoolboom, “Ho Tam: Seasons of the Boys,” Practical Dreamers: Interviews with Movie Artists, Coach House Press, Toronto, 2008

Ho Tam & Alice Ming Wai Jim, “Let the Fingers Do the Walking: Rereading Ho Tam’s The Yellow Pages,” Reel Asian: Asia Canada On Screen, Toronto: Coach House Press, 2007

Vera Frankel, “Harder Times, Tougher Spaces,” Canadian Art Magazine, Summer 2004

Artist’s Project, FELIX, Risk/Riesgo Issue (journal with DVD), 2003/04

Chris Kennedy, “On Fine China,” Blue Prints, Pleasure Dome (Toronto), 2003

Peter Goddard, “A show of cheek from city’s east end,” The Toronto Star, August 29, 2002

Robin Laurence, “Eastern Outpost,” The Georgia Straight, May 2-9, 2002

Artist’s Project, PUBLIC 24: Being On Time, 2002

 

 

SELECTED VIDEO SCREENINGS

 

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Paris, France & Berlin, Germany  (November 2005)

INVIDEO 2005, Milan, Italy  (November 2005)

Media Art Biennale (WRO ’05), Wroclaw, Poland  (May 2005)

Filmhuis Cavia, Amsterdam, The Netherlands  (May 2005)

Scratch Projection au Centre Wallonie Bruxelles, Paris, France  (May 2005)

Experimenta 2005, Mumbai & New Delhi, India (February to March 2005)

Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa ON (October 2004)

Mieke Bal & Ho Tam, Artword Theatre, Toronto (May 2004)

VideoLisboa, Lisbon, Portugal  (November 2003)

2003 Toronto International Film Festival  (September 2003)

Images Independent Film & Video Festival, Toronto  (May 2003)

Image Movement Cinematheque, Taipei (January 2003)

Cinematheque Ontario, Toronto (October 2002)

Reel Asian: Toronto Asian Canadian Film & Video Festival  (November 2002)

Magnetic North: Canadian Experimental Video.  Travelling exhibition organized by Walker Art Center and Plug In Inc.

2002 San Francisco Asian American Film Festival (March 2002)

Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw, Poland  (April 1999)

Architecture (curated by Laurie Brown).  Hope 57 Gallery , Brooklyn & Knitting Factory, New York  (March 1999)

Mostra de Video Independent.  Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Spain (January 1999)

The 3rd Hong Kong Queer Film & Video Festival  (October 1998)

MIX: 1998 New York Film/Video Festival  (November 1998)

LA Freewaves: A Celebration of Independent Video, Los Angeles  (September 1998)

SCHULZ, Cologne, Germany  (July 1998)

New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival  (June 1998)

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.  Master of Fine Arts, 2004

Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York.  1996 - 1997

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.  Bachelor of Arts, 1985