Lisa Chang Lee

Lisa Chang Lee (b. 1986, lives and works in Beijing and London) works with a range of media including moving image, installation, sound, prints and photography. During her residency, she will explore Berlin's Grunewald forest for traces from its complex history: from the refuge of the wealthy during the Industrial Revolution to the resting place of nameless workers; from the green shield of the listening station during the Cold War to the keeper of hundreds of unexploded bombs from World War II.

Lisa Chang Lee
© Lisa Chang Lee, Still from audio-visual installation “Serenade of the Woods” (2018-19)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what would the survival of this largest greenbelt in this historic city tell us about the past, and does it shape our understanding of what we see in nature? Chang Lee will explore these questions by researching and collecting visual and audio material while on site, with the goal of composing visual essays from her observations.

“I'm especially excited to come to this place because my father taught as a visiting professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin for a month just before the fall of the Wall. About that, I feel very connected to the city's special history and want to trace its imprint to this day.” Lisa Chang Lee

Lisa Chang Lee has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at York Art Gallery, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (South Korea), Ashmolean Museum (UK).

“China's Female Artists Reside in Berlin-Schwanenwerder” – a cooperation between the Gesellschaft für Deutsch-Chinesischen kulturellen Austausch e. V. (GeKA e. V.) and Cordts Art Foundation