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Zun Lee


Zun Lee is a visual storyteller, physician and educator who divides his time between Canada and the US. He was born and raised in Germany and has also lived in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Chicago. His work investigates quotidian life in Black domestic spaces - both as the locus of intimacy and belonging and as the site of erasure and displacement.

Originally trained as a neuroscientist and after nearly two decades in management consulting, the 2020 Guggenheim Fellow initially focused his visual arts endeavors on street photography and long-form visual storytelling. Lee is best known for his immersive photo-ethnographic projects of Black family life that often subvert mainstream representations of Blackness and Black bodies. In his work, ephemeral moments of everyday life codify shared meaning around Black identity and belonging, but he is also interested in how shared meaning is complicated and disrupted as images of Black sociality circulate outside of their original context of production.