Born in 1970, Billingham first came to widespread recognition through exhibiting a series of photographs at the Barbican Art gallery in London in 1994, the same year he graduated from the University of Sunderland.
Billingham won his university's Prestige Photography Prize in 1994, the Felix H Mann Memorial Prize in 1995 and the first Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize in 1997. In addition to notable touring solo exhibitions Zoo (2007) and Black Country (2005 - 2006), his work has been included in group exhibitions at Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Tate Britain, Moderna Museet, Stockholm and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Born in 1968 in Karachi, Pakistan, Ceal Floyer lives and works in Berlin, where she received her B.A. from Goldsmiths College in 1994. A multimedia artist working in video, sound and light projection, works on paper, and sculpture, Floyer's work examines the dialectical tension between the literal and the mundane, and the imaginative construction of meaning. The deceptive simplicity of Floyer's work is informed by her particular sense of humour and awareness of the absurd; her use of double-takes and shifting points of view forces the viewer to renegotiate his perception of the world. She has been in exhibitions at Kunsthalle Dusseldorf; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Portikus, Frankfurt; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Casey Kaplan, New York; Kunsthalle Bern; Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; and in London at Lisson Gallery, Tate Britain, and Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).
Ken Lum was born in 1956 and is a Canadian artist of Chinese heritage who lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. Working in a number of media including painting, sculpture and photography, his art is conceptually oriented, and generally concerned with issues of identity in relation to the categories of language and portraiture. Lum's family established roots in Canada in 1908 through his grandfather, Lum Nin, who arrived as a labourer for the Canadian Pacific Railway company.
He was Head of the Graduate Programme in Studio Art from 2000 to 2006 at the University of British Columbia, where he taught from 1990 until 2006. Lum joined the faculty of Bard College's Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts in 2005 and worked at Bard until 2007. For two years he was invited professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Lum guest taught at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunst in Munich, the China Art Academy in Hangzhou, China, and the L'Ecole D'Arts Plastique in Fort de France, Martinique.
Lum won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1999. While at the University of British Columbia, he was awarded the Killam Award for Outstanding Research in 1998. In 2003, Lum received the Distinguished University Professor Award and the Dorothy Somerset Award for Outstanding Achievement in Creative and Performing Art. He was awarded a Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award in 2007. He represented Canada at the Sydney Biennale in 1995, the São Paulo Art Biennial in 1997, the Shanghai Biennale in 2000, and at Documenta XI in 2002. More recent exhibitions include Liverpool Biennial 2006, Tang Contemporary Art (Beijing), and Istanbul Biennial 2007. He will also exhibit in the Gwangju Biennale 2008 in South Korea.
From 1999 to 2001, Lum wrote an online journal for London Art, which chronicled both his passion for and misgivings about art. He co-founded Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art in 2000, along with Zheng Shengtian, and was Editor-in-Chief until 2004. In 2006, Lum was keynote speaker opening the 3rd and final symposium of the 15th Biennale of Sydney. He has written several catalogue essays with themes ranging from the relationship of art to ethnology for the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, The Netherlands, to the art of Chen Zhen for the Vienna Kunsthalle. Other essays include a historical analysis of Canadian Cultural Policy, and one concerning issues of multiple identities in respect to Théodore Géricault's The Raft of the Medusa, a paper which was presented to the Department of Caribbean Studies at Yale University.
Lum was Project Manager for The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945 to 1994, an exhibition conceived and curated by Okwui Enwezor. Lum was curator of the 2004 North West Annual for the Center of Contemporary Art in Seattle. In 2005, Lum co-curated Shanghai Modern 1919-1945, an exhibition about the city's art and culture during the republican era. The same year, he also co-curated the 7th Sharjah Biennial in The Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Lum was a board member of the Annie Wong Art Foundation of Hong Kong from 1998 to 2002. In 2003, Lum was a juror for the Prix de Rome Prize in the category of Art in Public Space for the Rijksakademie of Amsterdam. In 2008, Lum was a juror for the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards conducted in Beijing.
Lum has worked on several public art projects. In Vienna in 2000, Lum realised a 540 square metre work on the side of the centrally located Vienna Kunsthalle. The work, There is no place like home, generated controversy as Lum saw the work as a response to the growth of the extreme right in Europe. Lum's Four Boats Stranded: Red and Yellow, Black and White was installed upon the roof of the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2001. The work, which can be viewed as a comment on immigration and acculturation, features four model boats: a First Nation longboat, a cargo ship, the steam liner Komagata Maru, and George Vancouver's ship HMS Discovery. Each vessel has been placed at each of the building’s compass points - north, south, east, and west - and painted in a colour intended to reflect the stereotyped racial vision presented in the hymn Jesus Loves the Little Children.
Lum realised a second permanent public art commission outside St Moritz, Switzerland in 2004. Another major public art commission opened in downtown Vienna in January 2007, the work is entitled Pi and is situated over the course of a 130 metre long pedestrian passageway at Karlsplatz's West Passage. Lum is presently working on a fourth permanent public art commission due to open in 2010 in the city of Utrecht, The Netherlands for the Nieuw Welgelegen district, a troubled but dynamic multi-ethnic area that is undergoing redevelopment.