b. 1977, Xiamen, China. Lives in Toronto and Hong Kong.

Ko Siu Lan plays with the misunderstandings and contradictions when different cultures, languages and social systems co-exist, and is inspired by her experiences of living in China and the West. In 2010, Ko found herself in a controversy when she displayed a piece of work, which was a play on words from a slogan by President Sarkozy, at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Her piece was immediately censored and removed but unbeknownst exactly by whom or why. Since then, she has focused on using words to explore the themes of nostalgia and fear.
Various artists and the Katie De Tilly Foundation
01 Jan 2011

Love the Future is an art and poetry exhibition consists of more than 50 artists and poets from Hong Kong expressing their concerns on freedom of speech and artistic expression in China. Most importantly, it is a reaction towards the unjust detention of artist Ai Weiwei by the Chinese authority. Ai Weiwei said in his book “…I think that every person must do something for others; that is the only way this world will see change.” This show is dedicated to the spirit of “Do something for others” and is an ongoing effort to fight for justice and defend basic human rights.