Joanna Tam is a Boston-based visual artist. Her interdisciplinary practice examines the issues of standardization, displacement and the construction of ethnic and national identities. She received a BS degree in Computer Science from the Boston College and an MFA degree in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Tufts University.

** A note about this yarn ball: On November 25th, 2011 (the busiest shoppng day in America, a.k.a. Black Friday), I brought a sweater I purchased from Gap with me and sat outside the Gap store in Natick Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in New England. I then unraveled the sweater in front of Gap over the course of five hours. This intervention is an attempt to address the complicated relationship between production and consumption as well as artistic labor. This yarn ball serves as an archive of my action.



News | Recent Exhibitions and Events

Race, Love, and Labor: New Work from the Center for Photography at Woodstock's Artist-in-Residency Program, curated by Sarah Lewis, -- 27 August - 14 December 2014, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art | SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
PermaF(r)ail and SPECTRA: Live performance and video -- uly 28, 2014, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, NY
Perma F(r)ail: Personae Documents -- July 25 - August 10, 2014, Howard Art Project,
Dorchester, MA
ARCANUM 2014 -- June 13 - June 15, 2014, Color Arts Fesztivál, Zalaegerszeg, Hungary
Learning to be American -- April 26, 2014, Skype Performance in collaboration with Joe Joe Orangias,Galveston Artist Residency Studio, Galveston, TX
SATELLITE -- April 4 - April 22, 2014, Khaki Gallery, Boston, MA
Perma F(r)ail: Personae Documents -- April 3 - May 17, 2014, Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO
MUJERES: Iron Maidens -- March 21 – April 20, 2014, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
Oh Say Can You Act -- March 14 - March 28, 2014, Solo Exhibition at Counterpath, Denver, CO
Exuberant Politics -- March 6 - April 8, 2014, Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA

365 Artists 365 Days. “Joanna Tam” , 365 Artists 365 Days, June 14, 2014.
Snow, Kirk Amaral. “Joanna Tam: I’m American” , Temporary Land Bridge, May 1, 2014.
Murray, James. “South End art show challenges identity and femininity” , Sampan, April 11, 2014.
Kuhlman, Matt. “Studio Sessions: Joanna Tam” , Big Red and Shiny, February 21, 2014.
Peripheral ARTeries. “Joanna Tam” , Peripheral ARTeries Art Review, November 2013.