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Germaine Koh (geb. 1967 in Malaysia) ist eine in Vancouver wohnhafte bildende Künstlerin, die ihr Werk rund um Kanada sowie international ausstellt. Als ehemalige Assistenzkuratorin für zeitgenössische Kunst an der National Gallery of Canada ist sie nun als freie Kuratorin und als Partnerin des Independent-Plattenlabels weewerk tätig. Sie wurde mit dem VIVA Award der Shadbolt Foundation ausgezeichnet und gehörte zu den Finalisten für den Sobey Art Award.

Germaine Koh is a Canadian visual artist based in Vancouver. Her conceptually-generated work is concerned with the significance of everyday actions, familiar objects and common places. Her exhibition history includes the BALTIC Centre (Newcastle), De Appel (Amsterdam), Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Para/Site Art Space (Hong Kong), Frankfurter Kunstverein, Bloomberg SPACE (London), The Power Plant (Toronto), Seoul Museum of Art, Artspace (Sydney), The British Museum (London), the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Plug In ICA (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), and the Liverpool, Sydney and Montréal biennials. Koh was a recipient of the 2010 VIVA Award, and a finalist for the 2004 Sobey Art Award. Formerly an Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada, she is also an independent curator and partner in the independent record label weewerk.  

Selected solo exhibitions + projects 

2017 Errant Rain Cloud, permanent public art commission, City of Richmond
2017 No. 2 Road Drainage Pump Station, permanent public art commission, City of Richmond
2016 Home Made Home, Kelowna Art Gallery, curated by Liz Wylie. Publication
2014 GroundWaterSeaLevel, permanent public art commission, City of North Vancouver
2013 Weather Systems, Kamloops Art Gallery. Catalogue
2012-15   League, Vancouver Park Board Field House Residency Program (Vancouver)
2012 Galerie B-312 (Montreal)
2011 DIY Field, permanent public art commission, City of Winnipeg
2011 There|Here (with Gordon Hicks), Surrey Art Gallery (Vancouver)
2010 The Haunting, Invaliden 1 (Berlin)
2009-10   Public art commission, 88 Blocks - Main Street Urban Transportation Showcase
2009 Fallow, Charles H Scott Gallery (Vancouver). Catalogue
2009 Candelabrum, permanent public art commission, Vancouver Convention Centre (Vancouver)
2008 Germaine Koh, Catriona Jeffries Gallery (Vancouver). Publication
2007 Overflow, Centre A (Vancouver). Catalogue
2006 Germaine Koh, Ottawa Art Gallery
2005 Shell, Catriona Jeffries Gallery (Vancouver). Publication
2005 Relay, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle/Gateshead, UK)
2005 Knitwork, Angel Row Gallery (Nottingham, UK)
2005 Fallow, Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin). Catalogue
2004 Stall, Para/Site Art Space (Hong Kong). Catalogue
2004 Germaine Koh, FADs art space (Tokyo)
2004 Homemaking, Artspace (Sydney, Australia). Catalogue
2004 Field Work, The Western Front (Vancouver)
2002 Open Hours, McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton, Ontario). Catalogue
2002 Germaine Koh, Catriona Jeffries Gallery (Vancouver). Publication
2002 Knitwork, The British Museum (London)
2001 Around About, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art and Gallery 1.1.1. (Winnipeg)
2001 Germaine Koh, Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver). Catalogue
2000 Journal, Latitude 53 (Edmonton). Publication
2000 by the way, Arte in Situ / La Torre de los Vientos (Mexico City)
1999 En busca del nivel del lago, Ex Teresa Arte Actual (Mexico City)
1999 Germaine Koh: Living room, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
1998 Notices, YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Toronto)
1997 Knitwork, Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge)
1997 Germaine Koh: Personal, Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston). Catalogue
1996 Knitwork, eyelevel gallery (Halifax)
1995 Knitwork, Yukon Arts Centre (Whitehorse)
1993 Knitwork/Tricot-âge, B-312 (Montreal)
1991 The International Code of Signals Paintings, Gallery 101 (Ottawa)

Selected group exhibitions

2017 Afterlives, Or Gallery (Vancouver), curated by Joni Low

2017 Persistence, Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver), curated by Daina Augaitis

2017 Home/Shelter/Belonging, West Vancouver Museum, curated by Robin Laurence and Darrin Morrison

2016 This is it with it as it is, AHVA Gallery (Vancouver), curated by Wil Aballe. Publication 

2015 Lively Objects, Museum of Vancouver, curated by Caroline Langill and Lizzie Muller 

2014 (im)mobile two-person exhibition, Dalhousie Art Gallery, curated by Mireille Bourgeois
and Chantal Molleur. Touring 2016 to Haus für Kunst Uri (Altdorf, Switzerland). Catalogue
2013 Les matins infidèles, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, curated by Bernard
Lamarche. Catalogue

2013 Secret Stash, McIntosh Gallery (London, Ontario), curated by Kirsty Robertson

2011 The Grand Domestic Revolution - User's Manual, Casco - Office for Art, Design + Theory (Utrecht)

2011 CO-LAB, Centre A (Vancouver), curated by Debra Zhou

2011 "By Sea, Land, and Air We Prosper", Art Labor 2.0 (Shanghai). Catalogue

2011 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (Toronto), section curated by Candice Hopkins

2010 Sorting Daemons: Art, Surveillance Regimes & Social Control, Agnes Etherington Art Centre
(Kingston). Catalogue. Touring 2011.
2009 Luminato (Toronto), with Ian Verchere
2009 How Soon is Now, Vancouver Art Gallery. Catalogue
2009 Here Now or Nowhere, Prairie Gallery offsite (Grande Prairie, AB)
2008 Smoke, Pump House Gallery (London)
2008 Schematic: New Media Art from Canada, [space] (London)
2008 Untethered, eyebeam (New York)
2008 This Particular Day of June, Or Gallery (Vancouver)
2008 Conversation Pieces, Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston)
2007 Ingenuity festival (Cleveland)
2007 On Being An Exhibition, Artists Space (New York). Catalogue
2007 Me & Them, Kenderdine Gallery (Saskatoon)
2006 ISEA 2006 / Year Zero One (San Jose)
2006 Territory, Artspeak (Vancouver) and Presentation House (North Vancouver). Catalogue
2006 The Momental, Sparwasser HQ (Berlin). Catalogue
2006 INFINITY ETC., Mercer Union (Toronto)
2006 The Networked City, InterAccess offsite (Toronto). Catalogue forthcoming
2006 Unlearn, Plug In ICA (Winnipeg). Catalogue
2006 Das Rätsel bleibt in seiner Verschiebung am selben Ort, West Germany (Berlin)
2005 L'envers des apparences, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Catalogue
2005 TRAFIC, temporary public art project organized by L’Ecart (Abitibi-Témiscamingue). Catalogue
2005 Curb Appeal, Confederation Centre for the Arts (Charlottetown)
2005 Radiodays, De Appel (Amsterdam)
2005 Urbane Realitäten: Fokus Istanbul, Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin). Catalogue
2005 Temporary Import / Vorübergehende Einfuhr, Art Forum Berlin. Catalogue
2005 Hidden Rhythms, Museum Het Valkhof and Paraplufabriek (Nijmegen, NL). Catalogue
2004 3rd Liverpool Biennial International. Catalogue
2004 Sobey Art Award Exhibition, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax). touring 2005-06 to Yukon Art
Centre (Whitehorse), Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Museum of Contemporary Canadian
Art (Toronto), Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina)
2004 Monument Recall, SF Camerawork (San Francisco). Publication
2004 1e Biennale nationale de sculpture contemporaine (Trois-Rivières, Québec). Catalogue
2004 Sense, Edmonton Art Gallery
2003 Nation, Frankfurter Kunstverein
2003 Our Mutual Friend, Bloomberg SPACE (London, UK)
2003 MosaiCanada: Sign & Sound, Seoul Museum of Art. Catalogue
2003 Psychotopes, YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Toronto)
2003 re:cycle public art exhibition (Hamilton, Ontario). Catalogue
2002 The Found and the Familiar, Gallery TPW (Toronto), touring 2003-04 to Confederation Centre
Art Gallery, Gallery Connexion, Art Gallery of Bishop's University. Catalogue
2002 IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR, The Power Plant (Toronto), touring 2003 to Bellevue Art Museum
(Seattle). Catalogue
2002 Rotación XIV, Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte (MUCA)- Roma (Mexico City)
2001 FREQUENCitY, commissioned audio work, ÖRF Kunstradio (Vienna)
2000 Le mois de la performance, La Centrale (Montreal). Catalogue
2000 Tracking, Art Gallery of Windsor (Ontario)
2000 Recollection Project, Gendai Gallery (Toronto). Catalogue
2000 Tout le temps / Every Time: La Biennale de Montréal 2000. Catalogue
2000 Logo City, Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga). Publication
2000 Making Light: Wit and Humor in Photography, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College
(Poughkeepsie, NY). Catalogue
2000 The Global 500, W139 (Amsterdam). Catalogue
2000 Public Art at Arts Court, City of Ottawa Art in Public Places Program. Catalogue
2000 In All the Wrong Places / Dans des lieux incongrus, Ottawa Art Gallery
2000 Waste Management, Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), curated by Christina Ritchie. Catalogue
1998 Every Day: 11th Biennale of Sydney (Australia). Catalogue
1996 London Life Young Contemporaries '96, London Regional Art and Historical Museums,
touring 1997-98. Catalogue
1995 Fairytale in the Supermarket, Scotland Street Museum (Glasgow)
1995 Home Remedies and Magnificent Obsessions, Center on Contemporary Art (Seattle)
1995 Bodies of Evidence, The New Gallery (Calgary). Brochure
1995 I Love What I'm Doing, Randolph Street Gallery (Chicago). Publication
1994 Fibres nerveuses, Maison de la culture Frontenac (Montreal). Catalogue
1994 Monuments in the present tense, Ottawa Art Gallery. Publication
1991 March 1991 mars, Arts Court (Ottawa). Catalogue

Selected curatorial + organizing activity

  • • Guest curator, Toolkit, MKG127 (Toronto), 2012
  • • Guest curator, Building Berlin, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (Ontario), 2009. Catalogue
  • • Sessional faculty, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, since 2007
  • • Guest curator, RSVP, Contemporary Art Gallery and LIVE Performance Biennale (Vancouver), 2007 
  • • Guest curator, Prototype: the Joe Friday Collection of Contemporary Art, Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), 2004. Catalogue
  • • Sessional lecturer, University of Guelph, Winter 2003
  • • Founding partner, weewerk record label, since 2002
  • • Co-organizer (with Phil Klygo), No Mercy: the Art-World Wrestling Federation Open Championships performance event, Mercer Union (Toronto), 2001
  • • Guest curator, c/o la Ciudad, SAW Gallery (Ottawa), travelling to Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga, 2000
  • • Acting Assistant Curator 1998-99 and Curatorial Assistant 1992-98, National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa)
  • • Guest curator, Chaos Theories, SAW Gallery (Ottawa), 1998
  • • Part-time Professor, Visual Arts Department, University of Ottawa, 1993-97
  • • Guest curator (with Daniel Sharp), Practice Ground, Ottawa Art Gallery, 1994



  • • Building Construction Technology Associate Certificate, with distinction, British Columbia Institute of Technology, 2016
  • • Master of Fine Arts, Hunter College of City University of New York, 1993
  • • Bachelor of Arts (Theory and History of Art) magna cum laude, University of Ottawa, 1990
  • • Bachelor of Fine Art magna cum laude, University of Ottawa, 1989