Born 1986 in Seoul (KR)
Working and living in Amsterdam (NL)

Aram Lee was born in Seoul and lives and works in Amsterdam. As an artist, her research-driven practice revolves around reinterpreting materials found within institutions, often seeking to relocate their role and purpose through performative events, film and video installations. Sometimes taking up processes of performative action with the public, her practice shapes the way objects are described and circulated. Her artworks challenge diasporic amnesia and release impure, spectral and false fictions from the institutions to enable the dissolution of (cultural) predominance and visualize new structures.

  1. 2020⁠​–⁠ongoing


  1. 2022⁠​–⁠2023

    Guest Artist in Residence [Pressing Matter] at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam

  2. 2019

    Artist in Residence at Goethe Institute, Marseille

  3. 2018⁠​–⁠2019

    Artist in Residence at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht


  1. 2016⁠​–⁠2017

    Master of Contextual Design, Design Academy Eindhoven, Eindhoven (Cum Laude)

  2. 2014⁠​–⁠2015

    Diploma of Fine Arts, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Stuttgart (incomplete)

  3. 2008⁠​–⁠2012

    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Korea National University of Arts, Seoul

Selected Exhibitions

  1. 2024

    Branching Streams. Sketches of Kinship. Research exhibition at darkar biennale, Musée Théodore Monod d’art africain, Dakar (link)⁠()⁠ (current)

  2. 2024

    Remix, Curated by Aude Christel Mgba, Sanne van de Kraats, Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle (link)⁠()⁠ (current)

  3. 2023

    Holding Poison, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, (link)⁠()(link)⁠()

  4. 2023

    Creating the Commons, VU Art Science gallery, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  5. 2022⁠​–⁠2023

    When Things are Beings, Proposals for the Museum Collection, Curated by Amanda Pinatih and Britte Sloothaak, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  6. 2022

    In the Pause of a Gesture there might be an Echo#3, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  7. 2022

    Depend on me, Punt WG, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  8. 2021

    In the pause of a gesture there might be an echo #2, PuntWG, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  9. 2021

    Domestic Concerns, Matjoe Raum für Kunst, Köln (link)⁠()

  10. 2021

    Unquiet Objects, curated by Lucy cotter, Oregon Center for Contemporary Art, Portland (link)⁠()

  11. 2020

    2020-An Improvisation (to Contemplate), Rozenstraat - a rose is a rose is a rose, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  12. 2020

    To Pluto and back, Unlocked/Reconnected, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  13. 2020

    The plot flipped the eternality, Art Oost, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  14. 2020

    The Unknown Artist, curated by Lucy cotter, Center for Contemporary Art and Culture (PNCA), Portland (link)⁠()

  15. 2019

    Elsewheres Within Here, curated by Jo-Lene Ong, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  16. 2019

    La Grande Transformation, La Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille (link)⁠()

  17. 2019

    Landscape with Bear, de Appel, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  18. 2019

    Open studios, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (link)⁠()

  19. 2019

    Design im Kunstverein, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln

  20. 2018

    Inside out, forecast, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin (link)⁠()

  21. 2018

    Contextile, Bienale de arte textil contempornea, Guimares (link)⁠()

  22. 2017

    Studio ZZM, Zuiderseemuseum, Einkuizen

  23. 2016

    Dream Factory, Vertical Gallery, Plug in City, Eindhoven (link)⁠()

  24. 2014

    Das unangreifbare war noch nie so meins, Galerie stadt Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen (link)⁠()


  1. 2024

    Artist talk, with Michael Tedja and Sibyl Heijnen, Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle (link)⁠()

  2. 2024

    Presentation, Leakage conference, TU Dresden, Dresden (link)⁠()

  3. 2023

    Artist talk, Displaced things and horizon, Luca School of Arts, Ghent

  4. 2023

    Artist talk, Artistic Research: Sharing Methods and Practices, with Yazan Khalili, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  5. 2023

    Artist talk, Inclusive Knowledge, with Luisa Schneider, Saskia Duijs, Vrij universiteit amsterdam, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  6. 2023

    Artist talk, Repair Lab: Fostering cross-border conversation, Organised by Chiara De Cesari and Quinsy Gario, de Appel, Amsterdam

  7. 2023

    Artist talk, NON NATIVE NATIVE, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (Link⁠()⁠)

  8. 2023

    Artist talk, Beyond Return, moderated by Katja Kwastek, Déjà VU Festival, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  9. 2023

    Artist talk, A Prelude to the Material Conditions of Re(in)situations together with Ola Hassanain, Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  10. 2023

    Artist talk and screening, Meet the masters, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, (link)⁠()

  11. 2023

    Artist talk, ALL THIRD with Lucy Cotter and Aram Lee, DasArts, Master, Academie voor Theater en Dans, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  12. 2022

    Lecture, Taking Care, Re|Creating Kinship in the Ethnographic Museum in Europe, Research center for material culture, Leiden (link)⁠()

  13. 2021⁠​–⁠2022

    Presentation, The Whole Life Congress Berlin, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (link)⁠()

  14. 2021

    Lecture, When Site Lost the Plot: Siteless Specificity, MA Fine Arts, Korea National University of Arts, Seoul (read here)

  15. 2021

    Workshops, Depend on Me, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  16. 2021

    Artist talk, The lives of objects: from domesticity to resource extraction, MA GEO-Design, Design Academy Eindhoven, Eindhoven

  17. 2021

    Curation, Parasite dinner, fanfare⁠()⁠, M4gastatelier⁠()⁠, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  18. 2020

    Artist talk, Online Panel: Prevention is Better than Hate, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  19. 2020

    Online Presentation In the pause of a gesture there might be an echo#1, Suns & Stars, Collective Domain in Cultural Memory (link)⁠()

  20. 2019

    Performance, Workshops, Tropical, Objects, Turns, New alphabet school, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  21. 2019

    Presentation, Artist at m4 gastatelier, m4 gastatelier, Amsterdam (link)⁠()

  22. 2019

    Screening, Performance, Granny’s Ghost Stories, Lumière Cinema, Maastricht (link)⁠()

  23. 2019

    (UN-)LEARNING PLACE, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (link)⁠()

  24. 2019

    Presentation, Curation, Tales of the Haunting victims, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (link)⁠()

  25. 2019

    Artist Talk, Something or other, School of Design, London College of Communication, London (link)⁠()

  26. 2018

    Magical Riso 2018: Monumental Riso, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (link)⁠()

  27. 2018

    Artist talk, The creative blur Symposium, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG), Hamburg (link)⁠()

  28. 2018

    Workshop, Presentation, Fantastic Forgeries, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam (link)

  29. 2018

    Artist talk, Performance Making and the Archive, IIT Bombay, Mumbai (link)⁠()

Text / Essay / Publication

  1. 2024

    Translucent trans-corporeality, A conversation between Aram Lee and Lotte Arndt on Lee’s experimental film X-Hale, Troubles dans les collections (link)⁠()

  2. 2024

    Sonic Fabulations, Project initiated from Whole life in Haus der Kulturen Welt(2021-2022), Publication in book and Vynle records (upcoming)

  3. 2023

    After Objects, No.5: Learning From Ancestors, Epistemic Restitution and Rematriation, Errant Journal (read here)

  4. 2022

    Professional Amateur, Depend on me (link)⁠()⁠, (link)⁠()

  5. 2022

    Performance Making and the Archive by Ashutosh Potdar, Sharmistha Saha, Published by Routledge India (link)⁠()

  6. 2020

    The Untouchables, suns and stars, CDCM-Collective Domain of Cultural Memory (read here)⁠()

  7. 2020

    The Museum of Tomorrow, Frame (read here)

  8. 2019

    La grande transformation, Heritage Contact Zone, Marseille (read here)⁠()

  9. 2019

    from props to objects, Landscape With Bear, de Appel, Amsterdam (read here)

  10. 2019

    Post Ghost Bust, Charles Nyples Lab, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (read here)

  11. 2019

    From Pluto to Pyongyang and Back, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (read here)

  12. 2018

    THEA SEGALL.(Un)edited_ , Witte de With (current Melly), Rotterdam (link)⁠()

  13. 2017

    The sequence of transformation, Design Academy Eindhoven, Eindhoven (read here)

Reviews / publicity

  1. 2024

    De museumcollectie in de mix, Metropolis M (read here)⁠()

  2. 2022

    On Things and Beings: The Affordances of Objects and Ways of Knowing by Amanda Pinatih and Britte Sloothaak, Stedelijk Studies (read here)⁠()

  3. 2021

    Objecthood: a conversation with lucy cotter by Jess Nickel, Art&About (read here)⁠()


  1. 2024⁠​–⁠ongoing

    Theory tutor at VAV—Moving Image, Gerrit Rietveld Academie (BA), Amsterdam

  2. 2021⁠​–⁠2022

    Guest tutor at Disarming design, Sandberg Institute (MA), Amsterdam

Recognitions / Grants

  1. 2022⁠​–⁠2023

    Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten Guest Residency program [Pressing Matter: Ownership, Value and the Question of Colonial Heritage in Museums], international research program.

  2. 2022

    Kunstenaar Project Grant, Mondriaan Fonds

  3. 2022

    Projectsubsidie professionele kunst, AFK Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst

  4. 2021

    Kunstenaar Project Grant, Mondriaan Fonds

  5. 2021

    Research & Experiment, NLFILMFONDS Netherlands Film Fund

  6. 2021

    Immerse\Interact Grant, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie

  7. 2021

    Kunst presentatie internationaal, Mondriaan Fonds

  8. 2021

    Tijl Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

  9. 2020

    Kunstenaar grant, Wim de Haan Fonds

  10. 2019

    Professionele kunst, AFK Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst

  11. 2019

    Project grant, HCZ Heritage Contact Zone

  12. 2019

    Goethe Institute Residency Program

  13. 2018

    Project grant, HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt

  14. 2018

    International Residency Grant, ARKO Arts Council Korea

  15. 2018

    Jan Van Eyck Academie Residency program

  16. 2017

    Nomination, Gijs Bakker Prijs