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About the Artist

Ha Na Lee (Seattle) is a new media artist specializing in installation and experimental film. Her artwork portrays an individual’s experience of psychological and physical trauma through a poetic narrative. She explores these themes by creating embodied cinematic experiences using fragmented narratives in interactive and immersive environments. Lee’s work has been exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions, and her films have been screened at film festivals nationally and internationally. She received the 2014 Vilcek Foundation dARTBoard award, and is a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

Ha Na received a 2014 GAP to purchase four LED pocket projectors for a multimedia installation entitled Two Women. Two Women is a poetic narrative based on the invisible crisis of her grandmother who committed suicide. Though the motivation of her suicide is unknown, the work searches for possible reasons to understand her death. Ultimately, the project addresses the social issue of the extraordinarily high suicide rate in South Korea over the past decade. The imagery of Two Women provokes themes of repression, resistance, submission, resignation, power, melancholy, death and violence.

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