Serena Lee
b. 1984, Toronto, CA


[upcoming] Second Tongues, Cubitt Gallery, London, solo exhibition and participatory research project curated by Louise Shelley

Just Leave Me Alone, Vtape, Toronto, screening curated by Almudena Escobar López, Curatorial Incubator
In Waves, Hanaholmen Cultural Centre, Helsinki, participatory workshop as Read-in curated by Nynnyt
Sesaamstraat, Gemaal op Zuid Cultural Centre, Rotterdam, group exhibition and screening, curated by GHOST with Jay Tan and Geo Wyeth
Structures That Cooperate, Cubitt Gallery, London, group exhibition curated by Louise Shelley
Sincerely, Warmly, Vtape, Toronto, screening curated by Daniella Sanader
The Popular Touch, Antimatter Film Festival, Victoria, screening curated by Deborah de Boer & Todd Eacrett
It wasn't the fire for Holding Patterns, site-specific installation at Planet Storage, Toronto, curated by Art Spin
The Future of Breathing workshop as SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE for The Work of Wind: Air Land Sea, Blackwood Gallery site-specific festival at Mississauga Southdown Industrial Area, curated by Christine Shaw
Toolkit for Time Travel, YYZ Artist Outlet, Toronto, solo exhibition as SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE
A Metre Above and Below performance/workshop in collaboration with Soft Turns for exhibition Plant/Pixel, 8-11, Toronto
Its origins are indeterminate, Whitechapel Gallery, London, screening curated by Erik Martinson

Needle to Sea Bottom commissioned for Everything in Place, group exhibition curated by Modest Eyes collective and co-produced by Public Visualization Lab for Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Doing the dishes research-performance for What is left? What is right? Forest City Gallery, London (Ontario), group exhibition curated by Christina Battle and Jenna Faye Powell
Bookshelf Research: Into Circulation, performance as Read-in for group exhibition Hauntopia, What if? Research Pavilion, Venice, curated by Renate Lorenz and Anette Baldauf (PhD-in-Practice, Akademie der bildenen künste Wien)
If You're Seeing This It's Too Late, La Lumière Collective, Montreal, screening curated by Clint Enns
On Time Travel, YYZ Artist Outlet, Toronto, public program as SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE
Spotlight Artist: Deirdre Logue, Images Festival, Toronto, screening and performances curated by Amy Fung
Rise and Fall for Monomyths (Stage 10: The Road Back), FADO Performance Art Centre - Theatre Centre, Toronto, performance curated by Jess Dobkin and Shannon Cochrane

The Taste of The Name, Regent Park Film Festival, Toronto, virtual reality video installation
Visiting Other Dimensions, Regent Park Film Festival, Toronto, public program as SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE
New Toronto Works 2016, Pleasure Dome, Toronto, screening curated by Daniel McIntyre and Katrina Orlowski
The Star In Question, Mountain Standard Time, Calgary, performance
INSIDEOUT Symposium, Petra Ark Space, Amsterdam, public program as Read-in curated by No Land's Men Stichting

Fool me once you can't get fooled again, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, screening curated by Nothing To See Here
A Proposal to Call, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, group exhibition as Read-in curated by Vera Lauf and Barbara Mahlknecht
The Taste of The Name, Close Quarters, Denver, solo exhibition curated by Nothing to See Here
Peripheral Fixation, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, group exhibition and themed commission
Made in Commons: Indonesian Iteration, Kunci Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta, group exhibition and public program curated by Syafiatudina

Layers Channels Paths History, 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto, performance
Stage V: Keys to the Beach, Fuller Terrace Lecture Series, Berlin, performance curated by Ella Tetrault and Bethany Riordan-Butterworth
The Palest Light, TripSpace, London, performance curated by Pepa Ubera
Ein Stück für die Bibliothek, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, solo exhibition, performance as Read-in
Regimes of Memorizing, Stedelijk Museum Buro Amsterdam, Casco: Office for Art, Design & Theory, Utrecht
group exhibition and public program as Read-in for Made in Commons

Jeux d'eau, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna, performance in collaboration with Julia Danzinger, curated by Ursula Maria Probst
Wandering through, across and within, screening curated by Christina Battle, touring program: Counterpath Press, Denver, WNDX Festival of Moving Image, Winnipeg, Antimatter Film Festival, Victoria
Layers Channels Paths History, Clonlea Studios, Dublin, performance for (((O))) curated by Lee Welch and Teresa Gillespie
Details of the Last Survey, University of the Arts, Theatre Academy, Helsinki, performance for Indicating Boundaries: 4th International Festival and Conference of Live Art and Performance Studies
Re-projecting London, The Showroom, London, public program as Read-in in collaboration with Emma Smith for a project by Ricardo Basbaum, facilitated by Louise Shelley
Shifts in Time: Performing the Chronic, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, public program as Read-in organised by Akademie der Bildende Kunst PhD in Practice Programme
Grand Domestic Revolution Goes On, CCA Londonderry, public program as Read-in curated by Binna Choi and Maiko Tanaka with CCA Londonderry
Randzonenlesung, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, public program as Read-in

Silent Thursdays, Festival for Art as Research, Ottersberg, performance
Something to take with you as part of Why Stay If You Can Go?, De Appel, Amsterdam, public program as Read-in curated by The Black Swan (De Appel) and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Now a standard! Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, performance for The Musical Symposium curated by Kirsty Roberts & Toon Fibbe with Goldsmiths MFA Programme
THIS MASSIVE POWER, Salon Populaire, Berlin, performance in collaboration with Giles Bailey, curated by
Ellen Blumenstein
Derailments (F.I.R.E.I.N.C.A.I.R.O.), Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, radio program curated by Natasha Ginwala for We Are The Time Conference

Meet us on the Commons, Art Gallery of Mississauga, group exhibition curated by Elizabeth Underhill
Anthem for the People’s Tomorrow, Station Bergweg, Rotterdam, group exhibition curated by Ellen Blumenstein
The Life of an Artist, Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design, Geneva, group exhibition curated by Lili Reynaud-Dewar
Future Bananamour, Hotel Maria Kapel, Hoorn, collaborative performance, curated by Instant Coffee
Plan and Elevation, Delft, site-specific performance and installation, curated by Rolina Nell & Paul Giesen
SYNCOPATION, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, performance Loud & Clear, Telephone Booth, Rotterdam, performance and installation curated by Lee Welch

This Particular Fact of Situation, Sub.Urban Video Lounge, Rotterdam, screening curated by Jay Tan
Flagship Location, Warsaw: Vistula River, public installation
Office for the Unknown, Blaak 10, Rotterdam, group exhibition curated by Alexis Vaillant
Suite Suite Chinatown, video omnibus curated by Aram Siu Wai Collier and Heather Keung, touring program:
Asian American International Film Festival, New York City; Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Philadelphia
AmérAsia International Film Festival, Montreal; San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, San Francisco; WFG Cinematheque, Winnipeg

Lowrise Shooting, Rotterdam Museumnacht: Occupying Spaces, site-specific installation, curated by Leslie Robbins
Dissecting the Narrative, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, screening curated by Heather Phillips
Live Long & Prosper, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, expanded cinema performance (with Lesley Loksi Chan), curated by Heather Keung
ARM'S LENGTH, Summerworks Festival, The Theatre Centre, Toronto, theatre production in collaboration with Laurel Green

The Liberace Special: Collector’s Edition, Forest City Gallery, London (Ontario), solo exhibition
Being Young and Restless, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, performance curated by Tejpal Aiji
An Anthology of Familiar Tones, White Water Gallery, North Bay, solo exhibition
Cake on the Icing, InterAccess Media Arts Centre, Toronto, group exhibition curated by Shaun Dacey
To Master Any Song in Any Key, Antimatter Film Festival, Victoria, screening


2018 Unsettling Reading Group, workshop and public discussion on radical inclusivity at Gerrit Rietveld Academie/Sandberg Instituut with Read-in, Amsterdam, NL
2017 Look With Your Tongue, performance/presentation for Non-Human Animals in Media Art, panel discussion chaired by Donna Szoke, Universities Art Association of Canada 2017 Conference, Banff
2017 But is it sustainable? Panel discussion on Sustainability in Design Practice, OCAD University - moderator
2016 Model Minority As Discussed By The Angry Asian Feminist Gang, Art Metropole, Toronto, panel discussion - guest speaker
2016 Asians in the Arts, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, panel discussion - moderator
2015 WREATHED IN AMBIGUITY AND TERROR, LivingArts Hamilton Symposium, Hamilton, CA, public program - facilitator
2014 Performance Art Daily, 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto, panel discussion - guest speaker, moderated by Francisco Fernando Granados


2019 [upcoming] Scarborough Museum Animating Historical Sites residency, curated by Aisle 4
2017 Cow House Studios, County Wexford, IE, writing and production residency
2015 Trinity Square Video, Toronto, CA, production residency and thematic commission
2015 Kunci Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta, ID, as Read-in: production residency for Made in Commons
2013 Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, DE, as Read-in, Follow Fluxus residency program
2012 Futurist Writing School: Casco: Office for Art, Design & Theory, Utrecht, NL
2011 id11: onderZOEKT, Delft, NL, production residency

Writing and Publications

2018 [forthcoming] Certain Triangles published in The Map Is Not The Territory, eds. Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll and Nathan O'Donnell
2018 Just Leave Me Alone, curatorial essay by Almudena Escobar López in What the F**k?! Video in the Age of Sublime Uncertainty
2018 'Toronto’s Planet Storage has been transformed into a temporary art gallery' review by Chris Hampton, Toronto Star
2018 Gendai Kitchen Almanac publication/textile multiple collaboratively edited by Maiko Tanaka, Emily Fitzpatrick, Serena Lee, Chris Lee for commission project and platform: MMMMM...Gendai Kitchen
2017 What is left? What is right? edited by Christina Battle, Forest City Gallery, CA
2016 THIS MASSIVE POWER, writing collaboration by Giles Bailey and Serena Lee
2015 The Taste of The Name, Close Quarters, essay by Leila Armstrong
2014 (Read-in) Es gibt keine unschuldige Lektüre! (Ein Lesestück), Springerin: 1/14 Chronic Times
2014 (Read-in) Regimes of Memorizing: A Readplay, Casco: Office for Art, Design & Theory
2014 Grand Domestic Revolution Handbook, ed. Binna Choi and Maiko Tanaka, Casco: Office for Art, Design & Theory and Valiz
2013 A Copper Bowl for exhibition Escapements by Heather Keung and Michael Connor, A Space Gallery
2012 Buiten (Outside) for Household Words, ed. Lee Welch,
2011 Anthem For the People's Tomorrow, ed. Ellen Blumenstein, PZI and Spector Books
2010 Options with Nostrils, ed. Alexis Vaillant, Sternberg Press


Read-in is a self-organized art collective that experiments with the political, material, and physical implications of collective reading and the situatedness of any reading activity. Read-in developed through The Grand Domestic Revolution a collective research project initiated in 2010 by Casco: Office for Art, Design and Theory. Read-in experiments with going door-to-door and requesting neighbours to host a group reading session spontaneously; workshops focusing on reading and memorizing as individuals and collectively; and BookshelfResearch - examining specific private or public libraries according to categories such as gender, nationality, materiality, to investigate inclusions and omissions. Current Read-in members: Annette Krauß, Hyunju Chung, Laura Pardo, Marianna Takou, Sanne Oorthuizen, Serena Lee, Svenja Engels, and Ying Que.

SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE is a living research project taking the form of a series of participatory workshops exploring science fiction narrative worldbuilding. SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE is Christina Battle and Serena Lee, based between Toronto and London, Ontario.

MMMMM...Gendai Kitchen is a critical platform that weaves together five “M’s” —Mapping, Myth, Mobility, Magic, and Migration—as maxims for a deeper, complicated and historical engagement with contemporary food politics, economy, and place. Based in Toronto, this collaborative art multiple, discursive program, and publication project is curated and facilitated by Maiko Tanaka and Emily Fitzpatrick with Chris Lee and Serena Lee.

Magic Bar: an artist-run platform for curating and hosting public screenings, dinners, concerts, exhibitions, performances, and critical dialogue. Magic Bar was a collaboration between artists Anna Okrasko, Serena Lee, and Eric Philippoz that took place in Rotterdam from 2011 - 2012.

2011 MFA, Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Hogeschool Rotterdam (University), NL
Thesis: For More Than One Voice. Supervisors: Liesbeth Bik, Monica Szewczyk
2009 Associate Diploma, Piano Performance, Royal Conservatory of Music. Toronto, CA
2008 BFA, Ontario College of Art & Design. Toronto, CA
2006 Interactive Media Program - Tampere Polytechnic University: School of Art and Media. Tampere, FI

Professional & Community Engagement

2015 - current OCAD University (Toronto, CA) - Coordinator, Experiential Learning
2016 - current Vtape (Toronto, CA) - Treasurer, Board of Directors
Gendai Gallery (Toronto, CA) - Board of Directors
2015 - 2018 Trinity Square Video (Toronto, CA) - Board of Directors
2016 - 2017 Haute école d'art et de design - Genève: Research Master Programme (Geneva, CH) Thinking under Turbulence: Geneva Colloquium - Publication Copy-editor
2015 - 2016 National Film Board of Canada, Ontario Studio - Executive Assistant
2013 - 2015 Justice 4 Domestic Workers (London, UK) - Literacy Workshop Facilitator
2012 - 2013 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Toronto, CA) - Programming Coordinator
2010 - 2012 Studio Assistant to artist Ellen Gallagher (Rotterdam, NL)
2008 - 2009 XPACE Cultural Centre (Toronto, CA) - Programmer

Grants & Awards

2018 Ontario Arts Council: Exhibition Assistance Grant
2017 Canada Council for the Arts: Arts Abroad Travel Grant
2016 Toronto Arts Council: Media Arts Emerging Artist Grant
2014 Ontario Arts Council: Exhibition Assistance Grant
2013 Ontario Arts Council: Exhibition Assistance Grant

2012 Toronto Arts Council: Visual Arts Emerging Artist Grant

2009 Animasia Award - Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
2009 Canada Council for the Arts: Travel Grant

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