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  • Lana Lin

    Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Associate Professor of Film Theory & Digital Cinema Practice


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    Lana Lin


    Lana Lin is an artist, filmmaker, and writer who has made experimental films since the early 1990s and collaborative mixed media projects as ‘Lin + Lam’ since 2001. Her work examines the fragilities and contradictions of human and discursive bodies, emphasizing the conceptual and poetic capacities of moving image media. Her art and films have been shown at international venues including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Maysles Documentary Center, Harlem, NYC, American Center in Moscow, Barcelona International Women’s Film Festival 2020, BAMcinemaFest 2019, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival, REDCAT contemporary arts center, Los Angeles, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum, New York, and China Taipei Film Archive. She has been awarded fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell, Wexner Center for the Arts, and Vera List Center for Art and Politics, among others. Her recent feature, The Cancer Journals Revisited, won the Favorite Experimental Film Award at BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia and Best Feature Documentary at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Lin is the author of Freud's Jaw and Other Lost Objects: Fractured Subjectivity in the Face of Cancer (Fordham 2017).

    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. “Possibility Made Real,” World Records, Vol. 5: Beyond Story, Article 8, https://vols.worldrecordsjournal.org/05/08

    Lin, Lana and Amber Musser. “Audre Lorde Revisited” ASAP/Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1 (January 2021):1-15

    Lin, Lana. “Living in the uncanny,” Rosa Mercedes, Vol. 2, Journal of Visual Culture and HaFI (Harun Farocki Institut) 19 (May 15, 2020) https://www.harun-farocki-institut.org/en/2020/05/15/living-in-the-uncanny-journal-of-visual-culture-hafi-19-2/

    Lin, Lana and Toby Lee. “Filmmaking in a Minor Key: A Conversation with Toby Lee and Lana Lin,” Millennium Film Journal, Vol. 70 (October 2019): 60-69.

    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

    Performances and Appearances

    Recent Exhibitions and Screenings

    Ours to Heal, Maysles Documentary Center and Goethe Institut, New York, NY (2021)

    European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany (2021)

    Frame Work, Forum for Cultural Engagement, U.S. Embassy Moscow, American Center in Moscow (2021)

    The Cancer Journals Revisited, Timeline(s) of Care, Squeaky Wheel Media & Arts Center, Buffalo, NY (2020)

    The Cancer Journals Revisited, Hamburg International Queer Film Festival, Germany (2020)

    The Cancer Journals Revisited, Scottish Queer International Film Festival, Glasgow, Scotland (2020)

    The Cancer Journals Revisited, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

    The Cancer Journals Revisited, Barcelona International Women’s Film Festival, Spain (2020)

    The Cancer Journals Revisited, Internationale Frauen Film Festival, dortmund | köln, Germany (2020)

    The Cancer Journals Revisited, Cinema Politica Concordia, Montreal, Canada (2020)

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

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

    Busan Biennale, “Divided We Stand,” Busan, Korea (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

    KW Production Series, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Kunst-Werke Berlin e.V. Commission (2020)

    Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought (GIDEST) Fellowship, The New School (2019-20)

    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)




    Future Courses

    Decolonizing Documentary
    NMDS 5346, Spring 2025

    First Person
    NWRG 5408, Fall 2024

    First Person
    NMDS 5408, Fall 2024

    Media and the Uncanny
    NMDS 5349, Spring 2025

    Past Courses

    Doc Talks
    NDOC 0200, Spring 2024

    Doc Talks
    NDOC 5200, Spring 2024

    Documentary Project
    NDOC 5001, Spring 2024

    Thesis Supervision
    NMDS 5960, Fall 2023, Spring 2024

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