Lani Asuncion was born among the giant Redwoods of Northern Bay California. She was raised in the Ryukyu Islands on Okinawa, through the winding roads of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Tennessee, and then drifts back to the clear waters of Oahu, Hawai’i. She currently roams the misty shores of New England as a fresh transplant to Boston, Massachusetts.
She has screened her video work in New Media Festivals with Currents in Santa Fe, NM; Moving Image at Nottingham Contemporary, UK; Another Athens Film Programme with SNEHTA in Athens, Greece that was also shown at SUPERMARKET Independent Art Fair in Stockholm, Sweden with Interviewroom11 booth from Edinburgh, Scotland. Her work has been included in Aspect EZ: Vol. 4, Déjà Vu a limited edition DVD printing by ASPECT: The Chronicle for New Media in Boston, MA. She is an artists-in-residence alumna of Caldera Arts Center, Elsewhere , Santa Fe Art Institute, Vermont Studio Center, and Bilpin International Grounds for Creative Initiatives in New South Wales, Australia. In 2016 she was a recipient of the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund travel grant from the American Australian Association; Assets for Artists [A4A] grant from MassMoCA.
She earned her MFA in art with a concentration in video and sculpture from the University of Connecticut in 2011, and is currently a Studio Manager of the Media Arts Department and Continuing Education Instructor in video and animation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.
Asuncion works in video, sculpture, performance, and digital storytelling that explores the sociopolitics of community. By using her body and the camera she is able to navigate landscapes and recall personal stories that are transformed into abstract narratives used to explore her identity as a multicultural, biracial American woman, continually discovering the negotiation of belonging. She is interested in how stories can be used to explore generations of change, loss, and transformation. Through new media, Asuncion communicates with a digital language that transcends race and class enabling the creation of a new contextual mix of a place, memory, and conjuring of a reconstructed past.