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.
After finishing her MFA degree in film production at UCLA, she temporarily settled in Los Angeles.
Siru’s parents dreamed of becoming performing artists before having her, now they work in the plastic bag business.
Siru grew up as a quiet kid, who enjoyed spending much time watching people around her. Later, she adopted this practice of observation towards her work.
She mainly explores the process of limiting the use of words/language. Instead, allowing the emotional responses to form 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 2018 in Cyprus and been exhibited at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Her photography has been published internationally, including the Aesthetica Art Prize, the Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists in York, UK.
Siru also works as a cinematographer. Her films have won the Deuxième Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, La Cinéfondation, the Audience Award in 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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