28 Feb 2013

© Lana Lin + H. Lan Thao Lam
© Lana Lin + H. Lan Thao Lam

Lana Lin
February 28, 2013, 7:30-10 pm

Location: Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum
Language: English                                              
Entrance: Entrance price to the museum    
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The Stedelijk Museum proudly presents the première of “After Engelman” (2013), a new film by Lin + Lam (Lana Lin and H. Lan Thao Lam). In addition, Lin will screen Lin + Lam's previous work “Unidentified Vietnam No. 18” (2007) on 16mm (also a first for the Teijin Auditorium) and engage in a conversation with Hendrik Folkerts, Curator Public Program Stedelijk Museum.

Lana Lin is trained as a filmmaker in experimental and documentary forms. Her work, often produced in collaborative projects (such as Lin + Lam), explores the construction of history and public memory. The Stedelijk is delighted to host the first screening of Lin’s latest film, a video-in-progress, “After Engelman,” which centers on Edmund Engelman’s framing of psychoanalysis and how this history manifests itself in the contemporary moment.

On the eve of Sigmund Freud’s departure to London from Vienna, where he had lived and practiced for 47 years, Engelman was solicited to document the birthplace of psychoanalysis. Seventy-five years later, Lin + Lam return to Freud’s house and practice in Vienna, taking Engelman’s record of the past as its frame for the present. “After Engelman” considers how 20th century forms of mediation and memory-work such as psychoanalysis, photography, and architecture are sustained and transformed in our globalized, digitized contemporary society. The project investigates what remains in this evacuated space that continues to lure visitors from all over the world, and what its meaning is in the history of the living present.

Following the screening of “After Engelman,” Lin will screen “Untitled Vietnam No. 18.” In 1975, after the fall of Saigon, the Library of Congress acquired a collection of more than 500 films from the South Vietnam Embassy, located in Washington, DC. Produced with US aid from the 1950s to the 1970s, the propaganda films archived in the “South Vietnam Embassy Collection” question the policies and politics of nation building. “Unidentified Vietnam No. 18” examines the contested relationship between Vietnam and the US. Lin + Lam mine the material artifacts of the archive. Situated within the present, they study and even inhabit the past, re-enacting propagandistic gestures. Through these actions of retrieval and remembrance, the film ponders how US intervention has failed and considers the dangers of its repetition.

In between the screenings, Lin will be interviewed by Hendrik Folkerts about the two films, her collaborative projects in the Lin + Lam duo, and her own artistic practice.

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Lana Lin is a New York-based artist. Trained as a filmmaker in experimental and documentary forms, her current attention is focused on collaborative research-based projects (such as Lin + Lam) that examine the construction of history and public memory. Her work has been exhibited at international venues including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum, New York; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Mass MOCA; Gasworks, London; the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany; and the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, China. Lin’s work has been published in Cabinet, Rethinking Marxism, and Art Journal. She has been awarded numerous fellowships, including support from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. She earned her MFA from Bard College and was a participant of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Lin teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a Javits Fellow in the Media, Culture, and Communication doctoral program at New York University.