Nikki Lam is a visual artist, curator and producer based in Narrm/Birraranga (Melbourne, Australia)
Working primarily with moving images, performance and installation, her work explores hybridity and memory through the contemplation on time, space and impermanence. Born in Hong Kong (1988), Nikki’s practice deals with the complexity of migratory expressions within and beyond the concept of diaspora. Her current research focuses on the artistic agency during cultural, social and political transitions, particularly within the context of moving image and screen cultures. Drawing upon the tension and misalignments between histories and cinematic imageries, colonial gaze and the migrant body, she is interested in negotiating and speculating truths through translation, fragmentation and re-generation.
With an expanded practice in writing, exhibition and festival making, Nikki is interested in exploring anti-colonial methods in art making and curatorial practice, as well as relational and community practices as emerging forms of institutional critique. Nikki’s work has been shown widely across Australia and internationally, physically and digitally.
Nikki is currently co-director of Hyphenated Projects and Hyphenated Biennial 2020-2021, curator-at-large at The Substation and a board member at NETS Victoria.
Nikki is the former Artistic Director (2014-2017) at Channels video art festival, visual arts editor at Peril Magazine. She has also worked in programming and production roles at Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), Next Wave Festival, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (UK) and Seventh Gallery.
Nikki has a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Photomedia (2009, Monash University) and Executive Master of Arts (2014, University of Melbourne). She is currently undertaking a PhD (Art) at RMIT University.
︎nikki [at] thecuriousother.info
︎Working in Birraranga / Narrm: I would like to acknowledge that I live and work on the unceded lands of the Kulin Nation. I would like to offer my respect to the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples, their elders past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded on this land and colonialisation is ongoing.