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  • Lana Lin

    Associate Professor of Film Theory and Digital Cinema


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    Lana Lin


    Lana Lin is an artist/filmmaker and scholar whose recent work concerns embodied vulnerabilities that emerge at the confluence of race, gender, technology and malignant cell growth. Lin has produced a body of experimental films and videos that interrogate the politics of identity and cultural translation through attention to the formal capacities and historical contingencies of moving image media. For over a decade she has also focused on collaborative multi-disciplinary research-based projects (as Lin + Lam) that examine the construction of history and collective memory. Her work has been shown at international venues including the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, New Museum, The Kitchen, and the Queens Museum, New York, Mass MOCA, the Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival, the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, and the Busan Biennale. She is the author of Freud's Jaw and Other Lost Objects (2017) and has recently completed a feature film revisiting Black lesbian poet Audre Lorde's seminal 1980 memoir/manifesto, The Cancer Journals.

    Degrees Held

    MFA, Bard College

    PhD, New York University

    Recent Publications

    Lin, Lana. Freud’s Jaw and Other Lost Objects: Fractured Subjectivity in the Face of Cancer (New York: Fordham University Press, 2017)

    Lin, Lana. “The Queer Art of Survival,” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 1-2 (Spring/Summer 2016): 341-346.

    Lin, Lana. “Something and Nothing: On the Psychopolitics of Breasts and Breastlessness,” Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Vol. 17, Issue 1 (2016): 34-56.

    Lin, Lana. “Tomorrow I Leave: Vietnamese refugee reunion tours as a politics of aesthetics,” Asian American Literary Review: (Re)Collecting the Vietnam War, Vol. 6, Issue 2, (Fall 2015): 216-220

    Lin, Lana. “Lost Objects: Berggasse 19 and Absence in the Space of Psychoanalysis,” The Freudian Legacy Today, ed. Dina Georgis, Sara Matthews, James Penney, The Canadian Network for Psychoanalysis and Culture,

    Lin + Lam. “Psychic Special,” Speculation, Now: Essays and Artworks, ed. Vyjayanthi Rao with Prem Krishnamurthy and Carin Kuoni (Durham, NC: Duke University Press with The Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School, 2014)

    Performances and Appearances

    Recent Exhibitions and Screenings

    Cinemas of Sisterhood, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (April 2019)

    Two Serious Ladies, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Texas (Oct. 2018)

    Busan Biennale, “Divided We Stand,” Busan, Korea (Sept. 2018)

    Salt of the Jungle, Vietnamese Women’s Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam (2018)

    Now Showing, Cinenova screening programme, LUX, London, UK (2018)

    Trans Film: To Speak, To Find, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY (2018)

    From the Studio, Gallery MC, New York, NY (2018)

    Every Film is an enigma: Ghosts in the Darkness, The Other Cinema Collective, Spot Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan (2017)

    Salt of the Jungle, KF Gallery, Korea Foundation, Seoul, Korea (2017)

    Mix 29 New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, In-Between Theories, Brooklyn, NY (2016)

    Mono No Aware’s X Festival, Gowanus Darkroom, Brooklyn, NY. Contribution to A Roll for Peter, a 16mm film made in honor of Peter Hutton (2016)

    Home, Auckland Festival of Photography, Silo Park, Auckland, New Zealand (2016)

    Rewriting Histories, CPH-DOX film festival, the Photographic Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015

    Spring Watching Pavilion, Void Gallery for Contemporary Art, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 2015

    Recent work by Lana Lin (solo screening), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2013

    Lana Lin (solo show), Gasworks Gallery, London, England, 2012

    Research Interests

    cinematic arts (theory and practice); psychoanalysis and culture; race, gender, (dis)ability and embodiment

    Awards And Honors

    The New School India China Institute’s Faculty Research and Curriculum Development Grant. Co-recipient H. Lan Thao Lam. (2018-20)

    Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Studio Artist-in-Residence (2018)

    The New School Office of the Provost Faculty Research Fund (2017)

    MacDowell Colony Fellow (2017)

    Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (2009-13)

    Vera List Center for Art and Politics Fellowship, The New School (2009-10)

    Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, Taipei, Taiwan (2003-04)

    Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, Umbria, Italy (2003)

    New York Foundation for the Arts Film Fellowship (2001)


    Brooklyn Museum Feminist Art Base

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