Discipline: Film/Video – experimental, Interdisciplinary Art

Lana Lin

Discipline: Film/Video – experimental, Interdisciplinary Art
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1996, 1999, 2017, 2022

Lana Lin is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. Her feature, The Cancer Journals Revisited, premiered at BAMcinemaFest and won Best Feature Documentary Film at the San Diego Asian Film Festival in 2019. Her short, Three Missing Letters (Lin+Lam), was commissioned by KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and screened at European Media Art Festival in 2021.

At MacDowell in 2017, Lin worked on an experimental film inspired by poet Audre Lorde's memoir/manifesto, The Cancer Journals. She completed her first book, Freud's Jaw and Other Lost Objects: Cancer and the Psychic Conditions of Illness, which was published by Fordham University Press in 2017.

In residence in 2022 (her fourth MacDowell Fellowship), Lin completed a first draft of a manuscript modeled on Gertrude Stein's Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. She also prepared for a symposium at SUNY, Buffalo, where her 2018 film, The Cancer Journals Revisited, which was edited at MacDowell in 2017, will be discussed. Her collaborative film, Three Missing Letters, with MacDowell Fellow H. Lan Thao Lam, which was a commission for KW Gallery, Berlin, will be screened at Mimesis Film Festival, Boulder, CO.



Lana Lin worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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