Vivian Wenli Lin is an Taiwanese-American video artist, documentary filmmaker, and media educator who was born and raised in San Francisco, California. At the age of 12, she began creating video portraits with her father’s VHS camera, using the lens as a means to deconstruct the feminine myth.
She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Asian American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where she began working with with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Loni Ding. In 2002, she moved to New York to pursue graduate studies at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program where she focused on interactive installations and video art. In 2004, she co-founded the award-winning media project, Fortunes for Cookies – a self portrait video workshop for Asian female youth for New York City’s Chinatowns. From 2006-2008, she attended the Sandberg Instituut, a post-graduate program in The Netherlands, where she received a Masters in Fine Arts.
She is the founder and co-director of Voices of Women Media – an organization that offers multimedia workshops to marginalized communities of women – including teenage girls, asylum seekers, victims of human trafficking, and sex workers in the Red Light District.
Vivian also facilitates One Minute Junior workshops and Training for Trainers workshops for UNICEF and The One Minutes Foundation throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and America.
From 2012 onwards, Vivian will be a PhD candidate in Media Art at the City University of Hong Kong’s School of Creative Media.
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