Jen Liu is a New York-based visual artist working in video, performance, and painting, on topics of national identity, economy, and the re-motivating of archival artifacts. The question of gender’s intersection with cultural constructions and racial anxieties are revealed in economic and industrial language, as well as props and costumes that take tropes to their humorous extreme. She is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient in film/video, and her most recent video, The Pink Detachment, premiered in the 2016 Berlinale Forum Expanded exhibition.
She has presented work at The Whitney Museum, The New Museum, and Issue Project Room, New York; Royal Academy and ICA in London; Kunsthaus Zurich; Kunsthalle Wien and das weisse haus, Vienna; the Aspen Museum of Art; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; MUSAC, Leon; as well as the 2014 Shanghai Biennale (China) and the Coreana Museum in Seoul, Korea – among others. She has also received multiple grants and residencies, including Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany; Sommerakademie, Bern, Switzerland; de ateliers, Amsterdam, NL; Para Site, Hong Kong, LMCC Process Space NYC, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York. This year she is a resident artist at Tulsa Artist Fellowship in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and next year she will be a resident of the Swatch Residency in Shanghai, China.
Parallel with her art practice, Liu continues to lecture at Parsons New School Fine Arts undergrad and graduate, and is a faculty critic in the Columbia University Fine Arts MFA and RISD Sculpture MFA programs.