Nikki Lam is an artist-curator based in Narrm (Melbourne, Australia).
Working primarily with moving image and text, her work explores memory through the contemplation on time, space and impermanence. Born in Hong Kong, Nikki’s practice deals with the complexity of migration, diaspora and subjective/collective histories, often through poetry, translation, fragmentation, destruction and re-generation.
Nikki’s work has been shown widely across Australia and internationally, including at National Gallery of Victoria, Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), Art Gallery of New South Wales and Pier 2 Art Center Taiwan. She has recently been awarded an artist residency at ACME London through Australia Council for the Arts.
With an expanded practice in writing, exhibition and festival making, Nikki is interested in exploring relational and community practices. She is currently co-director of Hyphenated Projects and Hyphenated Biennial, and curator at The Substation. She also co-runs Slow Burn Books, an art and design bookstore that set out to deepen the regional dialogue in Asia Pacific.
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, Footscray Community Arts, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (UK). She has also been on the boards of NETS Victoria, Seventh Gallery and Composite.
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.
email︎nikki [at] thecuriousother.info
image by Leah Jing McIntosh, 2023
︎Working in Narrm:
我在此承認身處土地以及水域既傳統繼承人，Wurundjeri族丶Boon Wurrung族，以及Kulin Nations 所有族群。原住民悠久和豐富的知識和文化，是此地藝術家創作的空氣和養份。我在此真心感謝原住民以及他們的長輩。
I would like to acknowledge that I live and work on the unceded lands of the Kulin Nation. I would like to offer my gratitude and respect to the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples, their elders past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded on this land and colonialisation is ongoing. No settler artists can create without the rich cultures that preceded us which continues to live and flourish on this land.
Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land.