Lily Jue Sheng is a moving image artist working across film, animation, collage, text, performance, and 2D mixed media. They were born in Shanghai, China, raised in New Jersey, and studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Massachusetts. Their work has recently been presented by Mono No Aware and The Poetry Project in New York City. Their work has been shown locally, nationally, and internationally including at Roulette Intermedium, ArtBook @ MoMA PS1, the Knockdown Center, and Outpost Artist Resources in New York City; Light Field Festival in San Francisco, Images Festival, Winnipeg Underground Festival, and CineCycle in Canada; and TCAC (Taipei Contemporary Art Center) in Taiwan.
I make films. I also make images, poetry, and other things, within the process of filmmaking, and occasionally perform them. My current work uses my own speech and writing to sort through the noise of language attrition, code-switching, and place attachment. This approach produces sort of patchy, quotidian, and sometimes unwatchable films. It's also the way I know how to tell stories. It’s this storytelling that becomes my breaking process, breaking up hegemonic cinema/narrative traditions, especially continuity, classification, and translation.
I have been researching semi-colonial Shanghai, in an effort to learn more about labor, trade, and changing regimes. I’m hoping to parse the archives by making new readings. I’m also looking to gather stories in Shanghainese, to overlap the pedestrian, political, private, and public spheres of Shanghainese. This will open a line of inquiries. Who or what determines when or which oral tradition continues? How do passages, people, and cinematic media move in tandem?
I also recently completed a collaborative film titled Ikebana that might screen sometime in 2021.