Yunjin La-mei Woo examines what it means to be human or otherwise, often through allegories of contagion and haunting. Born as the granddaughter of a Korean shaman, her practice is informed by her research on how images of the infectious, non-human, or supernatural intersect with issues of power, gender, class, and ethnicity.
Her work encompasses experimental video, performance, drawing, installation, writing, and social interventions. She pays special attention to the everyday as a politically charged site where the dominant ideology is not only affectively felt and but is also infected by unexpected aberrations and creative ruses.
She received her MFA in Sculpture from Seoul National University and Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from Indiana University Bloomington. Woo is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.