Trained in film and video, Lana Lin is a New York–based artist who has investigated the contradictions of national identity and democratic discourse as they are enunciated within individual and collective memory. Her work raises questions about the inadequacies of translation and representation and the politics of producing strangers.
She is critically engaged with feminism, psychoanalysis, and experimental ethnography. Since 2001, she has collaborated on research-based projects that examine social hierarchies and power relations. Attentive to materiality, site, and the specificities of different medium, Lin + Lam integrate photography, sculpture, installation, performance, writing, film, and public intervention.
Lin’s work has been published in Cabinet, Rethinking Marxism, and Art Journal. She has exhibited internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of the Moving Image, the Kitchen, and the New Museum, New York; Mass MOCA; Festival de Femmes, Creteil, France; Arko Arts Center, Korea; and the Arte Nuevo InteractivA’07 Biennial, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico. She has been awarded numerous fellowships, including support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, and the Jerome Foundation. She earned her MFA from Bard College and was a studio participant of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. She has been full-time faculty at the City College of New York and Massachusetts College of Art.