Lana Z Caplan works across various media – including single-channel films or videos in essay form, interactive installations, video art, and photography. Based in social practice, historical research, and a desire to unearth the unseen, her works are often inspired sub-cultural notions of utopia – where one person’s utopia is another’s undoing – and seek to make personal sense of the psychological space of our social and political landscape.
Caplan has an international exhibition record including Museum of Contemporary Art (Tucson), Anthology Film Archives (NYC), Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Griffin Museum of Photography (Boston), Inside Out Art Museum (Beijing), National Gallery of Art (Puerto Rico), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City), Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris, Edinburgh International Film Festival, CROSSROADS Festival (San Francisco), Black Maria Film Festival, L’Alternativa Independent Film Festival (Barcelona), Chicago Underground Film Festival, Montreal Underground Film Festival, Microscope Gallery (Brooklyn), Antimatter [media art] (Victoria, BC), Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (Scotland), Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque), Currents New Media Festival (Santa Fe) and Havana Film Festival.
Her work has been reviewed and featured in publications such as ARTnews, Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic.com, Lenscratch.com and The Boston Globe. She published a monograph of her photographic series Postcards from the Hanging: Sites of Public Executions in conjunction with two solo exhibitions titled Watch This at Gallery NAGA (Boston) and the Danforth Museum (MA). Caplan is also the recipient of several grants including from Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Puffin Foundation, and the Film/Video Studio Program Fellowship at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH.
Caplan earned her BA and BS from Boston University, her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and is currently an Assistant Professor and Area Head of Photography and Video at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Lana Z Caplan is represented by:
Gallery NAGA, Boston
For inquires, please contact lanaz [at] lanazcaplan.com.