Jenny Lion works with film and video in cinematic, participatory, and gallery installation contexts.Artist Bio
untitled (Nevada/Utah) is a series of video installations and cinematic works which explore landscape, training rituals, and strategies of sustained witnessing at sites of historical resonance. Often produced by working over a long period of time, and in collaboration, the body of work includes a three-screen installation shot at sites of nuclear history, video projection loops exploring the rituals of training, a split-screen feature-length film examining a remote valley and town ruins used for Navy flight training, and a visual archive of the many objects Lion has found abandoned in these landscapes.
Jenny Lion works with film and video in cinematic, participatory, and gallery contexts. Originally trained as a dancer, her moving-image work has screened at the Whitney Biennial and Rotterdam Film Festival, among others. She has received funding from the Jerome and Bush Foundations, and Canada Council for the Arts. She frequently collaborates, in groups and with individuals, and often over long periods of time. In 2014 she and teen artists re-enacted Wendy Clarke’s historic participatory video project The Love Tapes, and Jenny has been working with northern Nevada residents documenting military, industrial, indigenous, and settler cultural sites since 2005. Her curatorial projects have screened at venues such as The National Gallery of Canada and De Balie in Amsterdam. She was guest curator of film at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and edited a book on Canadian artists’ video for the University of Minnesota Press. She teaches video art at Macalester College.
Photo: Steven Matheson