Jane Jin Kaisen


Jane Jin Kaisen is a visual artist and filmmaker. In her research-based art projects that take the form of film, video installation, performance and writing, she explores ways of addressing and giving shape to silenced histories, fractured memories and embodied experiences of difference.

Projects include Dissident Translations and Reiterations of Dissent (2011-) concerning the legacies of the systematically suppressed Jeju April Third Uprising and Massacre in Korea – the narrative experimental film The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger (2010, made in collaboration with Guston Sondin-Kung) that explores how mechanisms of militarism, patriarchy, colonialism, and nationalism effected three generations of women in South Korea - and Tracing Trades (2006), a multi-media project that contextualizes transnational adoption from Korea to Scandinavia within the region´s repressed colonial past and orientalist imaginaries.

Since 2009, Kaisen has been part of the artist unit itinerant_sends_for_itinerant with Guston Sondin-Kung. Together they have organized a series of discursive events, most recently a one-year exhibition program titled Incisions. In 2004, she co-founded the artist collective UFOlab (Unidentified Foreign Object Laboratory).

Jane Jin Kaisen holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from the University of California Los Angeles (2010), an MA in Art Theory from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2010), and she was a studio fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York (2007-08). She is currently doing a practice-based Ph.D. in artistic research at Copenhagen University / The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Denmark.

Her work has ben shown at venues such as the 7th Liverpool Biennial (UK), Videonale13 (Germany), 2nd Incheon Women Artists Biennale and 6th Gwangju Biennale, 14th Seoul International Media Art Fesitval, (South Korea), Gana Art, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery and Korean American Film Festival in New York, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, and the 25th Asia Pacific American Film Festival Los Angeles (USA), Kunsthallen Brandts, Museum for Contemporary Art Roskilde, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center, The National Museum of Photography and Aarhus Art Building (Denmark), Malmö Konsthall, Malmö Konstmuseum, and Inter Arts Center (Sweden), Sørlandet Art Museum (Norway), Kyoto Arts Center, Kyoto Museum of Art, Fukouka Museum of Art, and Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (Japan), Beijing 798 Art Zone (China), Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival (Taiwan) and The National Gallery (Indonesia), 2nd Deformes Biennale at Galleria Metropolitana (Chile), Townhouse Gallery (Egypt).