Sujin Lee
1978. South Korea

MA (Performance Studies) and MFA (Studio Art), New York University. 
BFA (Fine Arts), Maryland Institute College of Art

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Exhibition venues include Arko Art Center, Seoul; A.I.R. Gallery, NY; Union College, NY; AC Institute, NY; Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul; The Queens Museum, NY; and The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY. 

2012-2013 A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship 
2016 SeMA Emerging Artist Grant. 
She was awarded artist residencies from the Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, I-Park, Newark Museum, and Zarya Center for Contemporary Art. 
Artist in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Emerge Program at Aljira. 

Sujin Lee


Language Requireent

21.11.2018 to 14.12.2018

Sujin Lee is an artist who works from the visual and relational, crossing topics such as the world of contemporary art with languages, translation, etc.
In Buenos Aires she continued with the development "Language requirements" that had already begun in Russia, where she asked about the English language and the artistic field. Being a Korean artist who lived many years in the United States and having developed her artistic career mainly between English and Korean, she wondered about what English allows, what limits it presents, etc.
She interviewed several local actors, from artists, teachers of English, and then generated a video art that she presented in an 'aceNITE as a project in process. Lee will continue with this project in Korea.


Language Requirements is a project that explores various questions that I have regarding the English language. I was born and raised in South Korea but spent a significant amount of time living in the US speaking English. When I moved back to Korea four years ago, I began asking questions about what it means for me to speak English as an individual and an artist in this "global" world. I interviewed various individuals in Buenos Aires from a visual artist to an English teacher about their relationships with the languages that they speak and explored the questions that I have been asking myself with them. Is English the only language option (or one of the few options) that we have in order to connect with people from different countries and cultures? Is English inclusive or exclusive? What does it mean when one says, “I speak this language”? Can one belong to a language or can a language belong to a person? I envision the final result to be a single channel video with an artist book. What I will be presenting at 'ace NITE is a 10 minute edit as an introduction to the project.