31 January - 1 July 2020
DémART residency of Conseil des Arts de Montréal
Ahreum Lee is a musician and interdisciplinary media artist from Seoul, South Korea currently based in Montreal. Lee began her career as the co-founder and frontwoman of experimental art-rock band Juck Juck Grunzie. After spending nearly a decade producing records and touring internationally, she extended her practice into video and multimedia installation work. She was a finalist for the Emerging Digital Artist Award held by EQ Bank and Trinity Square Video (Toronto) in 2019. She has exhibited and performed in Montreal at Fonderie Darling, Studio XX, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, as well as Third Shift Festival (Saint John), and Axis Lab (Chicago). Additionally, she has participated in the Intersections | Cross-sections (Toronto) and In Motion: Performance, Unsettled Borders (Chicago) conferences and Emerging BAiR program at Banff Art and Creativity Centre.
"My Mother is Data is a series of works that are based on my relationship with my estranged mother. Since I was 10 years old, I have only contacted my mom via email and phone calls. The last news I received about my mother was my father telling me she had died. This was in 2014 and This turned out to be a lie. Last year I made a 17-minute video, Memory Palace which documents my experience verifying my mother was in fact alive. The Gap between virtuality and reality has been my work's focus. During the residency/internship, I will research on how technology shapes the experience of diaspora and motherhood in the digital era with a focus on where these intersect and I will create artworks of 3d animation video and performance using face recognition that is related with these theme as a reference."