Over the last five decades, artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has received international acclaim for her innovative art and films that investigate key issues in the workings of society: the relationship between humans and technology, identity, surveillance, and media as a tool of empowerment against censorship and political repression. She has made pioneering contributions in photography, video, film, performance, installation, and interactive as well as net-based media art. Her activist films on injustice in the art world and in society at large have been praised worldwide. !Women Art Revolution! won first prize at the Montreal International Festival of Films on Art and was hailed by New York’s Museum of Modern Art as one of the three best documentaries of 2012; Holland Cotter of the New York Times called it “the most comprehensive documentary ever made on the feminist art movement.” Her 2009 film Strange Culture, which the New York Times deemed “the perfect balance of form and content” and The Nation called “a brilliant and moving examination of fear and its manipulation,” resulted in the release of an artist facing a prison sentence of twenty-three years.
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