Jessie Tam
Born in Hong Kong (1993) – Currently working in Groningen, the Netherlands

strugglingartspace.com
jessietam.info@gmail.com


Born in Hong Kong, 1993, Jessie is a multi-disciplinary and text-based artist whose works range from mixed-media installations, performances, drawings, paintings, and videos. Listening to the unheard voice of unwanted materials, she works with inanimate objects or beings, in search of relationships which do not live out in a conventional social pattern. Her work is a game of intimacy, wherein everything is carefree, humorous, child-like, low-brow, easy-to-make, and not meant to last. Falling into the holes of human feelings, her everyday practice sews up the gaps between personal memory with life’s realities. With a montage of misplaced rhythm and improvisation, her installation invites the audience into the encounter of intimacy and embraces society's uneasiness in latent immanence. Living with what we have lost and compromised, she negotiates the world on a day-to-day basis for self-revelation.

Graduated from Frank Mohr Institute (MFA in Painting) in 2021 and received a BA in Fine Art from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2018, Jessie is currently a lecturer-researcher of the OFFCourse, “the Fragments of the Performing Selves” at Minerva Art Academy. Through looking for performative elements that act like human in non-human entities, objects, and art practices in Asian context, and treating objects as human, she explores with students ways to trenscend materialised and unspoken experience. She is also the founder and artistic director of s_truggling *art )space(, an independent artist-run structure founded in 2021, which connects peer and young artists to look at failures, struggles and questions of art-making that forges a critical understanding of the art world’s subconscious that are influenced by the competition inherent in the art system. Her publication included Struggling Artist first issue: “Encountering, Capturing, Chasing of Little Moments I Gonna Lose It” and exhibition booklet “May the Art World Tear Us Apart Til We Meet Again.”





Education
2019-2021 
2013-2018
2017                         
2012-2013               

Curating
2021-present
12-27 Mar 2022


3-17 Dec 2021

23, 24 Oct, 2021

6 Nov 2021
25-26 Sep 2021
Nov 2020-Mar 2021

Researching/ teaching
17 June 2022
Feb-July 2022

Solo Exhibition
1-30 Jan 2023

Group Exhibition
12-27 Mar 2022
18 Dec 2021
11 Dec 2021-8 Jan2022
3-17 Dec 2021
27 Sep-17 Oct 2021
19-24 Jun 2021
28 May-17 Jun 2021
23-24 Apr, 2021
28 Nov 2020-5 Mar
2021
9-11 Dec 2020
4-19 Jul 2020
6-13 Jun 2020
May 2020
28 Feb 2020
Sep-Dec 2019
2018.9.28-9.10
May-Jun 2018
1-12 Jan 2018
26 May-24 Jun 2017
26 May-24 Jun 2017
Dec 2017
Dec 2017
Nov 2017
Oct 2017
May-Jun 2017
Jan 2017
Dec 2015-Mar 2016

Residency
28 Nov 2020-5 Mar 2021

Performance
17 Sep 2021
11 Sep 2021
28 Aug 2021
19-24 Jun 2021
28 May-17 Jun 2021
28 Nov 2020-5 Mar 2021
8 Mar 2020
22 Feb 2020
31 Oct 2019
Mar 2019
26 May-24 Jun 2017


Publication
Sep-Oct 2021
25 May 2021
2021
2020

Screening
25-29 May 2022
22 Sep 2020
9 Nov 2020

Awards
2023
2021
2020-2021
2019-2020
2018
2018
2018
2018
2018
2018
2017
2017
2017
2016

Master of Fine Art in Painting (cum laude), Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, the Netherlands
BA in Fine Arts, minor in History, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Exchange programme, Spring term, Geneva University, Geneva, Switzerland
Associate Degree in Legal Studies (Year 1), HKU Space Community College


Founder and artistic leader of Struggling Art Space, Groningen, NL
Curator, writer, project coordinator, graphic designer and technician of 'May the Art World Tear Us Apart Til We Meet Again', group exhibition that gathers peer artists from Hong Kong and the Netherlands, Struggling Art Space, de Bierumer School, Bierum, NL
Co-organiser and graphic designer of 'Once Again in One’s Hand', group exhibition at Mamamini, a second-hand shop in Groningen, Struggling Art Space, together with Tianyi Zheng
Co-organising and moderating 'When Herbs Come Together How Bitter We Can Go', hands-on workshops of TRAININGS at Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, NL, together with Tianyi Zheng
Exhibitor of Zinecamp, WORM, Rotterdam, NL
Exhibitor of Spreadzinefest, Het Resort, Groningen, NL
Co-organiser of 'Wild Art Festival', Green Wave Art, Hong Kong



Guest speaker of Local Art Scene, Groningen, Curatorial fellowship programme of Anne van Lierop by TASAWAR
Lecturer-Researcher of Offcourse The Fragments of the Performing Selves at Minerva Academy, Hanzehogeschool, Groningen, NL

'
It Has to Be Apart/ It Has to Be Alone', ACO art space, Hong Kong


'May the Art World Tear Us Apart Til We Meet Again', Bierumer School, NL
'Momentje Alstublieft, I'm Lost for Wrods', Pip Expo, Den Haag, NL
'Tentoonstelling Hendrik de Vriesstipendium en Wildvang', Kunstpunt, CBK, Groningen, NL
Once Again in One's Hand, Mamamini', Struggling Art Space, Groningen, NL
'Lucht Project', Kunstpunt, Groningen, NL
'Detour/Swerve', Frank Mohr Institute, Sugar Fabrik, Groningen, NL
'LANDESCAPE1823 PROJECT: A Clockwork Lai Chi', JCCAC, HK
'Art Away Art Fair', Hereweg 72, Groningen, NL
'Let's Not Go back to Normal', Jessie Tam &Tianyi Zheng, de Bierumerschool, Bierum, NL
#Eemsdelta-expo', Gronings Vuur, café Het Anker, Delfzijl, NL
'Sleepless Remote', Jessie Tam & Yang-Ha, jungganjijeom, Seoul, Korea
'Bakery for Nobody', Joint project with Reon Cordova, Het Resort,Groningen, NL
'Wild Art Festival 2020: Art Guerrilla Anytime', HK
'RE:Present', Koepelzaal, Groningen, NL
'Tentoonstelling artist in residence', Shane Waltener with Action Building Group, Groningen, NL
'Wild and Fire Wheel', Emerging Artist Sextet Exhibition, a.m.space, HK
'Happily Ever After II', Blindspot Gallery, HK
'Reading Report' -- Joint Exhibition of Tam Cheuk Lam and Zheng Tianyi, Ch'ien Mu Library, New Asia College, CUHK, HK
'Forever Young Forever Weeping', The Arts of CUHK 2018 Undergraduate Exhibition, Art Museum, CUHK, HK
Happily Ever After, Cheng Ming Building, New Asia College, CUHK, HK
'MATLAB & Guests. Drawing & Painting: (Trans)media Experiments', Kunstraum Gallery, Switzerland
'Dust Rat Run', Kwun Tong, HK
'Wild Art Festival', FAAS Spaceless, CUHK, HK
'+ ;! []. We Are Lost In.*This﹍ ×High-tech Game° ° ° ×. ﹏ ', Cheng Ming Building, HK
'The Whole Does Not Exist', Hui Gallery, CUHK, HK
'Life in the Walled Village', Jockey Club Community Arts Biennale 2015, Hong Kong, meeting and listening to the stories from village elders, to work with artists to create aspects of Lung Yeuk Tau, Fanling, HK
'Airplane Wings Sauce Lo Rice', group exhibition, Hui Gallery, New Asia College, CUHK, HK


Museum in residency, de Bierumerschool, bierum, NL


Kick-off at SpreadZineFest, Het resort, Groningen, NL
Brieven aan de Eems, performance of Paula Biemans, Wonderful Gromms, Delfzijl (participating performer)
Collective Wandering, Vrijplaats Voor Verbeelding, Bierum
Detour/Swerve, Frank Mohr Institute, Sugar Fabrik, Groningen
LANDESCAPE1823 PROJECT: A Clockwork Lai Chi, JCCAC, Hong Kong
Let's Not Go back to Normal, Jessie Tam &Tianyi Zheng, de Bierumerschool, Bierum
Circle Doing Words, Groningen, Netherlands
Sojlo Nights #2, Lust, Groningen, the Netherlands (participating performer)
Does it Have a Name: Context, ARTisBOOK Shop, Groningen, the Netherlands
Wild Art Festival, Green Wave Art, Hong Kong
Body II – Being-in-the-World, The Art of CUHK 2017 Undergraduate Exhibition, Cheng Ming Building, CUHK, Hong Kong



Vol.2-3 Hot Glue Cold Pie , myew_official, Hong Kong (participating writer)
Struggling Artist-Encountering, Capturing, Chasing of Little Moments I Gonna Lose It (self-publised, available at HOK Gallery, Den Haag)
‘Things will Work Out Tomorrow- A Growing Collection of StepBackForward.art', Stepbackforward, Hong Kong (participating artist)
Curator: Belinda Hak and Gisanne Hendriks, "The exhibition RE: Present #2, 2020", Groningen, NL (participating artist)


HIGH RES Worlds II/ IV, Gok Dou LIVE by Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Art Central, HK
Short Film Screening Night, the Creative Playground, Utrecht, NL
Migration by Negative Space, NS social media platform, Hong Kong


Emerging Artist Grant, Hong Kong Arts and Development Council, HK 
Hendrik de Vries Stipend (nominated), Kunstpunt, Groningen Gementee, Groningen, NL
Holland Scholarship, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Groningen, NL
Holland Scholarship, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Groningen, NL
Cheng Ming Fine Arts Award, Department of Fine Arts, CUHK, Hong Kong
Cheung’s Fine Arts Awards in 3D Mixed Media, Department of Fine Arts, CUHK, HK
Cheung’s Fine Arts Awards in 2D Mixed Media, Department of Fine Arts, CUHK, HK
Cheung’s Fine Arts Awards in Western Painting, Department of Fine Arts, CUHK, HK
Mr. Charles Leung Scholarships
Peter Curzon Oram Charitable Trust Scholarship
Culture Corner Art Academy Fine Arts Award, Department of Fine Arts, CUHK, HK
Reaching Out Award, HKSAR Government
Lanson Exchange Scholarships, CUHK, HK
Man’s Student Subsidy for Study Trip To China/ Taiwan, Department of Fine Arts, CUHK