Born in Pekan Baru, Indonesia in 1966, Tan completed her studies in Amsterdam at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (1988–92) and the Rijksakademie (1996–97). In 2001–02, she received a DAAD scholarship, Berlin. Notable one-person exhibitions include Frith Street Gallery, London (2003), Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris (2001), Kunstverein Hamburg, and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2000). Participation in group exhibitions include Yokohama Triennial and the Venice Biennale (2001), and Documenta in Kassel (2002).
A series of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s photographs is on view at Dia:Beacon.