About

Young Joo Lee is a visual artist from South Korea, currently living and working in Cambridge, MA and Los Angeles. Her work deals with personal narratives about her experiences of being an immigrant in Europe and the US, a woman, and a cultural nomad. In her recent moving image works, these personal narratives interweave with the current and historical narratives in order to investigate the issues of cultural colonialism, alienation, and assimilation processes.

Young holds an MFA in Sculpture at Yale University and an MFA in Film at Academy of Fine Arts Städelschule Frankfurt. She currently is a Visiting Lecturer in Animation at the Department of Art, Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University. She was a College Fellow in Media Practice at Harvard University (2018-20), a Fulbright Scholar in Film & Digital Media (2015-18) and a recipient of DAAD artist scholarship (2010-12). Her work has been exhibited in national and international institutions and film/video festivals.

Solo Exhibitions
2018
Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Korea
Ochi Projects, Los Angeles, USA
2014
The Survivors, Basis Projektraum, Frankfurt a. M.
Systematic longing, perfect waiting, Opelvillen Labor, Rüsselsheim, Germany
2012
It, NoMad, Projekt-Display Window, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2011
Into Her, Atelier Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (solo)

Selected Group Exhibitions / Screenings
2020

Tiger Lives – curated by Ji-eun Seo, Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Tangible error – curated by Jun-young Lee, d/p, Seoul, South Korea 
Threnos, New Music Theatre Choregie – Minorite Church, Maribor, Slovenia
Effaced Faces, Space Onsu – curated by Eunsoo Yi, Seoul, South Korea

2019
Wasteland, Open Sessions 16, Drawing Center, New York, USA
BorderLaborBody Film Screening, Drawing Center, New York, USA
Field Notes: Lovers, Teachers and the Consciousness In Between-curated by Chanel Thervil, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, USA
Media Field, Seoul National University Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
What has love got to do with it, Drawing Center, New York, USA
FEMMEBIT, Civic Center Studios, Los Angeles, USA
Amoebas in Bamboo Forest – 6th Amado Exhibition Award (curator: Yu-Bin Kim), Amado Art Space/Lab, Seoul, South Korea

2018
Synthetic Zero: Looking at What we don’t want to look at, curated by Mitsu Hadeishi, Bronx Art Space, NYC
TOTENPASS, Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles, USA
Through-Line: Drawing & Weaving, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, USA
Video Art Miden, Archaeological Museum of Messenia, Kalamata, Greece
OUTTHERE, curated by Bianca Boragi, Filo Sofi Arts, New York, USA
My name is Pa-Yun, Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, USA
Taboo, IAFT 2018, Tokyo, Japan
SPE Media Festival, Marriott Downtown Philadelphia, USA

2017
In a Nutshell, Medrar for Contemporary art, Cairo, Egypt
F(r)act or Fiction, Special commission, New Haven Armory, Artspace New Haven, USA
New Filmmakers film festival, New York, USA
B3 Biennial, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The Sands, Essex Flowers, New York, USA
8th Cairo Video Festival, Medrar for Contemporary art, Cairo, Egypt

2016
Korean American Film Festival, Official Selection, New York, USA
Merry Go Round, Yve Yang Gallery, Boston, USA
2015 Platform Artist-in-Residence Final Exhibition, Incheon Art Platform

2015
Esoterica, Yale school of art, Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, USA
Videomixer, Yale school of art, Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, USA
오토세이브 AUTOSAVE , 커먼센터 Common Center, Seoul, KR
서로 아무런 관계도 없는 존재들의 비평행적 진화 , 인천아트플랫폼 Incheon Art Platform, Incheon, KR
두개의 방 – two women show with Dooee Jeong, 스페이스 원 Space One, Seoul, KR
Untitled, Galerie Heike Strewlow, Frankfurt a. M., Germany

2014
상태참조 Condition Reference, 교역소 Gyoyokso, Seoul, KR
Fake Hikers, MMCA 창동 레지던시, Seoul, KR
Synthetic Zero Event, Bronx Art Space, New York
IBUG art, Westsächsisches Textilmuseum, Crimmitschau, Germany

2013
Curitiba Biennial for Contemporary Art, Curitiba, Brazil
LIMBO- Performance, GALERIA PROJECTO, Cerveira Biennial, Portugal
Lummerland 2, Kostka Gallery, Meetfactory, Prague, Czech Republic
All-Day Breakfast, Krems Kunsthalle, Austria
In Bewegung, screening, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria
Say my name say, Absolventenausstellung, MMK Zollamt, Frankfurt, Germany

2012
REFLEXÕES SOBRE O FUTURO, Museum of Contemporary Art of  Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil
Lichter Fim Festival / Lichter Art Award, Frankfurt a. M., Germany
Lumminale, Collective Video Bohai, Offenbach a. M., Germany
SONiK Fest 5& Synthetic Zero Event, Ran Tea House, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2011
Open Doors, Atelier Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Testing Stages, HAU2, Berlin, Germany
Lummerland 1, Toves Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
BEST OF BEST OF BEST OF. Video Group show, Berlin, Stuttgart, Germany
Synthetic Zero Event Film& Performance, Bronx Art Space, NYC, USA

2010
March/June Synthetic Zero Event Film& Performance, Bronx Art Space, NYC, USA
2010 Haarzauber, Elisabethenstr. 11-13, Frankfurt a. M. Germany

2009
Synthetic Zero Event Film & Performance, Synthetic Zero, NYC, USA

2008
Scope, Hongik Arts Univ. Seoul, Korea
Synthetic Zero Event Film & Performance, Synthetic Zero, NYC, USA
Movement, Zero Field, 798 Arts District, Beijing, China

Fellowships
Harvard Film Study Center Fellowship – Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2020-21
Harvard College Fellow in Media Practice – Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2018-20
Alice Kimball Traveling Fellowship – Yale University. 2016

Scholarships
Fulbright Scholarship: Film, digital media and Sculpture – Fulbright Korea, 2015-18
DAAD artist scholarship – German Academic Exchange Program, 2010-12

Awards
International Artist in Residency Award – Incheon Art Platform, 2017
Lichter Art Award Finalist – Lichter Film Festival, 2012

Grants
Artist grant for Visual Arts (for promising artist) – Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, 2020
Artist grant for Visual Arts – Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, 2018
HP Blended Reality Grant – CCAM Yale University, 2017
Hessen Film Fund: Animation – Hessische Filmförderung, 2014