Discipline: Film/Video – animation

Young Joo Lee

Discipline: Film/Video – animation
Region: Pasadena, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2021

Young Joo Lee is a multimedia 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 U.S., 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 M.F.A. in sculpture at Yale University and an M.F.A. in film at the Academy of Fine Arts Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany. She currently is a visiting lecturer in animation at the Department of Art, Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University and a Harvard Film Study Center Fellow. 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.

At MacDowell, she made detailed storyboards for the new animation work, Imposter. In addition, Lee started a new performance photograph series, “Fusion,” on which she collaborated with photographer Kristen Joy Emack. Lee's previous animation works Black Snow and Jaguar's Vision were featured in the 2021 group exhibition "Catastrophe and Recovery" at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.



Young Joo Lee worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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