Dr. Jonathan Fung is a San Francisco Bay Area photographer, interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker and social activist. Jonathan teaches photography at San Jose State University in the Department of Art and Art History through a social justice and narrative lens. He emphasizes both the connotative and denotative meaning in his work. He has pushed the creative boundaries with his photography through
the deconstruction of the human form with a solo exhibition, The Prepared Photograph at The Triton Museum of Art. While he enjoys working with the still frame, his curiosity and love for storytelling led him to experiment with motion pictures using film and digital video cameras.
His body of work expanded with the creation of video installations and short avant-garde and narrative films. Jonathan has created site-specific installations and public art with his passion to explore the human condition, cultural and social issues, especially the human injustice of modern slavery.
Jonathan collaborated with Nam June Paik, the father of video art, for Modulation in Sync at the Guggenheim Museum and Electronic Superhighway at the Holly Solomon Gallery, both in New York City.
He was a participant at the Doek Festival, where his film Een Nauwe Poort (A Narrow Gate) was screened outside the canals of Amsterdam onto 17th century ship sails. His work was also exhibited at the Venice Biennale in the Snow Show exhibition. His disconcerting video installation on anthropophagi, I Eat, Therefore I Am, was on view at the San Jose Museum of Art.
For the past 10 years, Jonathan’s work has been a platform to expose the darkness of human trafficking and create a call to action to end modern slavery. His video installation Down the Rabbit Hole was part of the Wonderland exhibition in the San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. Jonathan’s award-winning short film Hark was screened at many film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival Court Metrage.
Jonathan’s public art installation PEEP was exhibited in the 5×5 Nonuments exhibition in Washington DC and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area as part of Super Bowl 50. His site-specific art installation Coolie was exhibited at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara and exposed the forced labor of Chinese immigrants during the California Gold Rush era.
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