Helen Lee creates performances that weave storytelling, 16mm film, home videos, taxidermy, installation and social practice. She was born and raised in Chicago to immigrant parents from South Korea.
Lee received her MFA in Performance from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA in Dance with a minor in Theatre from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has presented works in the US, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Iceland, Finland and Canada.
Her work examines ancestral lineage, identity, racism, memory and shame. Helen looks at her mother and her isolation, her father and his relationship to anger and animals. Currently, she is investigating travel and transformation through butterflies, cocoons and wars.
Image: Helen Lee, Removing The Dead (2019). Performance, 30 minutes.