Ahree Lee is a multi-media artist working in video, photography, sound and interactive installations. Lee received her B.A. from Yale University and M.F.A. from Yale School of Art. Her commissions include the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the 01SJ Biennial, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, the 2006 International Short Film Festival in Leuven, Belgium, and the Sundance Channel. Her Webby-nominated video Me was shown by Steve Jobs as a demo for YouTube on Apple TV, and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of the Moving Image, New York. Lee's awards include an Artist Fellowship Grant from the state of Connecticut; an Audience Award for Experimental Short Film and honorable mention Jury Award for Experimental Short Film at Film Fest New Haven, Connecticut; and an artistic career development grant from Asian American Renaissance funded by the Jerome Foundation.
With parallel backgrounds in literature and graphic design, I make work that is a composite of poetry and narrative, relying on technology and visual storytelling. I use an interdisciplinary approach that both clarifies and complicates notions of identity and personal narrative. A child of Korean immigrants, I look to the past and across distances to investigate what constitutes individual or collective identity in an increasingly diasporic, culturally alienated world. I use algorithms, either code or methodically applied analogue processes, to transform visual imagery like daily self-portrait photos, home movies or other image archives into contemporary mediums such as video, multimedia and interactivity. My upcoming project investigates how invisible labor, specifically work traditionally done by women, is essential to the life of economic systems. By re-establishing the links between weaving, craft and computer technology, I hope to transform the narrative concerning women’s position within the power systems of society.