Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2017-18

(Brooklyn, NY)Hee Ran Lee


Hee Ran Lee is a Korean-born performance artist whose body-centered work explores private and public gestures of the Asian female body in the patriarchal power structure and investigates cultural marginalization. Her grants have included the ARKO Young Art Frontier from Arts Council Korea (2013), she was a Semi-finalist for the emerging artist prize from The Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation (2012) and The Anna Louise Raymond Fellowship (2012). Her work has been shown at Montreal Arts Interculturels (Montreal 2017), Universidad ARCIS (Santiago 2016), Queens Museum (New York 2016), Galerie ALB (Paris 2015), Culture Station Seoul 284(Korea 2014), Grace Exhibition Space (New York 2013), The Watermill Center (New York 2012), Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago 2012), and Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 2011). She holds an MFA specializing in performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a fellow artist of LEIMAY 2016-2017 at CAVE in New York.

Project Description

The core of <A Humble Action to Feel the Meaninglessness> is subjective truth that each audience carries out with their participation. Although contemporary art is constantly emphasizing individuals, criticizing civilization, and rejecting nationalism, it is always threatened and consumed by political decisions and institutional implementations. The artists are taken hostage by their own principles in this confusion. However, artists devote their lives to artistic actions that are thought to be meaningless in social, economic, and political contexts and seek the meaning of life in art. Through the performance, the audience will consciously respond to their own action of viewing and will experience true artistic creation with interrelationships in their active positions.