Lana Lin (b. 1966)
Taiwan Video Club (1999)
No Power to Push Up the Sky (2001)
Lana Lin was born in Montreal in 1966 to Taiwanese parents. In 1988 she enrolled on the MFA Film programme at Bard College in New York, where she became affiliated with an emerging group of artists and filmmakers, including Matthew Buckingham, Sadie Benning, Jennifer Montgomery and Julie Zando. Since then, Lin has been critically engaged with feminism, psychoanalysis, post-colonial studies and experimental ethnography, areas of interest which still inform her practice today.
Lana Lin is a filmmaker, artist, and writer whose creative practice concerns embodied vulnerabilities. She 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. Since 2001, she has focused on collaborative multi-disciplinary research-based projects (as Lin + Lam) that examine the construction of history and collective memory. Her works have been screened and exhibited at UnionDocs, Brooklyn, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Gasworks, London, and Auckland Festival of Photography, among others. Lin has received awards from the Javits Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Civitella Ranieri, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.
Lin is Associate Professor of Film Theory and Digital Cinema and Director of the Undergraduate Programs in Media Studies at The New School, New York.