Yunjin La-mei Woo is a conceptual artist and a cultural-studies researcher who examines what it means to be human or otherwise, often through the metaphors of contagion. 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 trans-disciplinary work encompasses experimental video, performance, sculpture, installation, writing, and social interventions.
Woo’s work has been extensively exhibited, screened, and collected by diverse venues, including CYNETART (Germany), Female Filmmakers Festival Berlin (Germany), FICAE (Spain), Rabindranath Tagore Centre (India), and Zuckerman Museum of Art (GA, USA). She has also presented her research in conferences across disciplines such as CAA (College Art Association), CSA (Cultural Studies Association), AES (American Ethnological Society) and published in edited volumes such as Endemic: Essays in Contagion Theory (edited by M. Kari Nixon and Lorenzo Servitje, Palgrave Macmillan). As an independent curator, Woo has curated international art events such as Para-Sites Distributed Exhibition Project and Infected Instructions. She received an MFA in Sculpture from Seoul National University, South Korea, and is currently working on her PhD dissertation in Communication and Culture at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. Concurrently, Woo teaches interdisciplinary art as an Assistant Professor of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Department of Art
Metropolitan State University of Denver