Dr. Jonathan Fung is a Bay Area interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, photographer and social activist. Jonathan teaches photography at San Jose State University through a social justice and narrative lens. He began his photography career in the fashion industry shooting editorial in New York, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles and San Francisco working with talented models, make-up artists and stylists. A few years later, he pushed the creative boundaries with his photography through the deconstruction of the human form with representation in New York City and San Francisco. While he enjoyed working with the still frame, his curiosity and love for storytelling led him to experiment with motion pictures using film 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 featured in the 5×5 Project in Washington DC and later commissioned to spread awareness during Super Bowl 50 at Levi Stadium. His site-specific art installation Coolie was exhibited at the de Saisset Museum and exposed the forced labor of Chinese immigrants during the California Gold Rush era. Jonathan’s most recent art installation is PREY. The installation is intentionally set in the corner of the gallery to emphasize the vulnerability of children with their innocent faces on wooden alphabet blocks cascading from the ceiling and filling the corner. The film of an innocent teenage girl playing on a merry-go-round washes over and through the strands of blocks onto the corner walls as if a predator would seek its next prey.
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Spring 2019 Courses:
PHOT 121 – Introduction to Lighting
PHOT 125 – Special Topics in Photography: Fashion Photography