Jane Jin Kaisen is a visual artist and filmmaker born in Jeju Island, South Korea and adopted to Denmark in 1980. She is based in Berlin and Copenhagen.

Working with film, video installation, photography, performance, and text, Kaisen’s artistic practice is informed by extensive interdisciplinary research and engagement with diverse communities. Recurring themes involve memory, migration, and translation at the intersection of personal and collective histories. Through non-linear layered montages of image, sound, voice, and archive, she creates distinct modes of storytelling that gesture towards sites of emergence and embodied memories that linger at the margins of the seen and the said.

Kaisen has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from the University of California Los Angeles, an MA in Art Theory and Media Art from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. She is currently a PhD candidate in artistic research at the University of Copenhagen / The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and serves as a member of the Danish Arts Foundation Committee for Visual Arts Project Funding.

She is currently representing Korea at the 58th Venice Biennale Korean Pavilion together with siren eun young jung and Hwayeon Nam in the exhibition History Has Failed Us, but No Matter* curated by Hyunjin Kim.

Recent exhibitions: Forum Expanded: A Mechanism Capable of Changing Itself, the 68th Berlin International Film Festival and 2 or 3 Tigers, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Germany; Decolonizing Appearance at CAMP (Center for Art on Migration Politics) in Denmark; Asian Diva: The Muse and the Monster, Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Art Spectrum 2016, the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art and Interrupted Survey: Fractured Modern Mythologies, Asia Culture Center in South Korea. She was awarded the 2011 Montana ENTERPRIZE at Kunsthallen Brandts in Denmark and has participated in the biennials of Liverpool, Gwangju, and Jeju, among others.

Other venues include: Kunsthal Aarhus, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center, The National Museum of Photography, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning (Denmark), Videonale13 (Germany), Gana Art New York, DePaul Art Museum, The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience, Los Angeles Asia Pacific American Film Festival (USA), Seoul New Media Art Festival, Coreana Museum of Art (South Korea), Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö Konsthall, Inter Arts Center, Kalmar Art Museum (Sweden), Sørlandet Art Museum and Oslo Kunstforening (Norway), the Finnish Museum of Photography (Finland), ParaSite (Hong Kong), Kyoto Arts Center, Kyoto Museum of Art, Fukouka Museum of Art, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, (Japan), 1st Anren Biennale and Beijing 798 Art Zone (China), Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival (Taiwan), Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (Philippines), The National Gallery (Indonesia), and Townhouse Gallery (Egypt).


*The title “History Has Failed Us, but No Matter” is borrowed from the first sentence of the novel “PACHINKO” with the generous permit of its author, Min Jin Lee.