Soft Solidarity: Joyce Yu-Jean Lee

Artist and curator Joyce Yu-Jean Lee

Exhibition curator Joyce Yu-Jean Lee is an experiential artist and Assistant Professor of Art & Digital Media at Marist College. She works with video, digital photography, and interactive installation that combine ​social ​practice with ​institutional ​critique.

Her two-channel video, "What It’s Like, What It Is," is on view in the Pearl River Mart Gallery. Made in homage to the original video installation by Adrian Piper, a pioneering black female performance artist, each screen displays words of various racial slurs that Asian Americans have been called by strangers, accompanied by their own words to rebut and reclaim their identity. These charged words represent the intangible ideas, perspectives, and expressions that can both collectively hurt and heal the Asian American community. 

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