Through photography and text, I turn a mirror on my own life and my environment. I think about the global economy, power, privilege, desire, sincerity, authenticity, optimism and change. Lucy Soutter says that “It is hard for photography - the medium of outward appearances – to look inward. The project is fraught with risk and often comes with accusations of self-indulgent romanticism or outmoded humanism”. The focus of my practice is not to come to an understanding of myself, but to use my research as a tool to consider how we live today and what ideas are worth pursuing.

I was born in Australia and have lived in Hong Kong since 1993. I have an MFA from RMIT University and a BA Communication from the University of Technology, Sydney. I have exhibited in Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Uruguay in places such as the Pao Galleries at the Hong Kong Art Centre, the Art Rooms at King’s College, Cambridge, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, New York and Museo Alejandro Berro, Mercedes, Uruguay. 

I recently completed artist residencies at the School of Visual Art in New York (2020) and the Royal College of Art, London (2021).

I am also a member of the I Found U Collective, an international group of interdisciplinary artists dedicated to discourse and collaboration on environmental, sociological and economic concerns.

Janet Lee
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