Siru Wen was born and raised in a small town in China, near the ocean. She landed at the U.S. more than a decade ago. She then drifted from the east coast to the west.
Siru’s parents dreamed of becoming performing artists before having her, now they work in the plastic bag business.
Siru's work investigates how the emotional bodies occupy, navigate, linger, and escape through spaces; Conversely, how the architecture alienate, mediate, aggravate, weigh, and console the bodies within.
She limits the use of words/language. Instead, allowing the responses to form instinctively with the use of shapes, lines, movement, silence, and disturbance.
Siru’s two-channel video installation “You See the Woman” has received the Award of Excellence at the Larnaca Biennale in Cyprus and been exhibited at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Her photography has been published internationally, including the Aesthetica Art Prize in York, UK. She has been awarded the Artists-in-Residence programs at 18th Street Arts Center, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and MASS MoCA.
Siru also works as a cinematographer. Her films have won the Deuxième Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, La Cinéfondation, the Audience Award at the New Orleans Film Festival. Additionally, they have been screened at the Singapore International Film Festival, Guanajuato International Film Festival, and others.
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