Project Description

Young Joo Lee

Portrait of Young Joo Lee

FSC-Harvard Fellow 2020-21, 2021-22

Young Joo Lee is a multimedia artist from South Korea, currently living and working in Cambridge, MA and Los Angeles. Her work deals with personal narratives about her experiences of being an immigrant in Europe and the US, a woman, and a cultural nomad. In her recent moving image works, these personal narratives interweave with the current and historical narratives in order to investigate the issues of cultural colonialism, alienation, and assimilation processes.

Young holds an MFA in Sculpture at Yale University and an MFA in Film at the Academy of Fine Arts Städelschule Frankfurt. She currently is a Visiting Lecturer in Animation at the Department of Art, Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University. She was a College Fellow in Media Practice at Harvard University (2018-20), a Fulbright Scholar in Film & Digital Media (2015-18) and a recipient of DAAD artist scholarship (2010-12). Her work has been exhibited in national and international institutions and film/video festivals.

FSC Works

Film Still from Spirit’s Chart

Spirit’s Chart

Young Joo Lee

Spirit’s Chart is a short, animated documentary film and an interactive web XR experience about the lives of the remaining survivors of the South Korean comfort women. The film investigates the complexities of the social, economic, and personal circumstances the survivors were in, before and after their captivity as comfort women through the lens of magical realism.


Young Joo Lee

The lives of a young woman and a young man are intertwined and forever changed by their work at a regenerative human limb corporation. This project is intended to be a synchronized three-screen short film installation. 

The setting of the film is in the near future when cell- regeneration technology is used to produce human body parts for sale. A corporation employs individuals to grow their limbs for living, similar to how a (axolotl) lizard regenerates its limb after an amputation. The film shows the parallel lives of two people working in two different production stages in the limb regeneration factory; the body part production unit and the body part disposal facility. 

The left screen tells the story of Shelby, a factory worker who regenerates her limbs to be later amputated and sold as a product. Such workers are called Lizardians.

The middle screen reveals the corporation/factory.

The right screen tells the story of Caleb, another factory worker who uses defective regenerated limbs to create fine art sculptures.

Their lives change as Shelby suffers from a phantom pain from regenerating her limbs, while Caleb becomes the corporation-sponsored artist. 

The three screens will be installed next to each other, immersing the viewers in the three different realities at the same time.