Ken Lum is a Vancouver based artist. His work is concerned with issues of identity, especially as they relate to image production in contemporary urban society. Lum has participated in Documenta XI, Shanghai Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Carnegie International, Sáo Paulo Bienal, Venice Biennale, and Johannesburg Biennale. His writing has been published in Art & Text, Art Margins, and Nka: The Journal of Contemporary African Art and Art & Collections. He is Founding Editor of Yishu: The Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. More recently, Lum has been working on a number of public art commissions in Vancouver, Vienna, Toronto, Stockholm, Zurich, and Leiden that involve a language of critical urban politics. Lum was made a Guggenheim Fellow in 1998, and awarded a Killam Award for Outstanding Research.
There’s No Place Like Home Edition
Ken Lum, There’s No Place Like Home, 2000. Digital colour print, edition of 100, signed and numbered by the artist. 39″ x 12″. $500
Ken Lum’s proposal for a public art billboard commission in Vienna was rejected at a very late stage by two officials with affiliation to the Freedom Party, on the grounds that the idea takes “public discussion in the wrong direction”. Developed on the initiative of Vienna’s Museum in Progress, an institution specializing in contemporary art interventions into public or non-art contexts and spaces, the rejected proposal will nonetheless be realized, in collaboration with Vienna’s Kunstalle. These colour images are printed as high quality digital outputs on archival watercolour paper.