Lani Asuncion has had her work screened in New Media Festivals with Currents in Santa Fe, NM; Moving Image at Nottingham Contemporary, UK; Another Athens Film Programme with SNEHTA in Athens, Greece that was also shown at SUPERMARKET Independent Art Fair in Stockholm, Sweden with Interviewroom11 booth from Edinburgh, Scotland. Her work has been included in Aspect EZ: Vol. 4, Déjà Vu a limited edition DVD printing by ASPECT: The Chronicle for New Media in Boston, MA. She is an artists-in-residence alumna of Caldera Arts Center, Elsewhere Living Museum, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Bilpin International Grounds for Creative Initiatives in New South Wales, Australia. In 2016 she was a recipient of the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund travel grant from the American Australian Association; Assets for Artists [A4A] matched savings grant from MassMoCA. Asuncion earned her MFA in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in video and sculpture from the University of Connecticut in 2011. She teaches as an adjunct professor in video and digital media at Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at Bridgeport University, in additional to working at Artspace in New Haven.
My multimedia work focuses on video, sculpture, storytelling, and installation working within communities and drawing from the history of a place and local traditions. I recall personal stories that are transformed into abstract narratives used to explore my identity as a multicultural, biracial Asian American woman, continually discovering the negotiation of belonging. Within my work, I utilize abstract oral stories in a way that uses digital media as a tool embedding layers of text and abstract contextual imagery connecting bodies of work. The use of multimedia is my language expressing how I visualizes these stories in the everyday. I create wearable sculptural pieces called video relics, activated by constructed ritual based actions that reflect aspects of performance that become artifacts of a moment. The actions create happenings that are then recorded. Each piece is a complex multi-layer mix of a place, memory, and conjuring of a constructed past.
During the summer AiR program at SFAI, I was given the space, time, and support to create new work throughout New Mexico. The studio spaces are spacious with lots of light, customizable to each residence’s needs. The group of peers who I meet during my residency offered honest feedback and enjoyable company who I have maintained connections with. The local community is welcoming and willing to communicate on ideas with residents, allowing dialogues to develop. I was able to contact people to work with and SFAI helps make these connections possible. The staff, program coordinators, and director was supportive and gave us personal tours within the area. My experiences at SFAI helped to develop my art practice at a crucial time.