Dr. Jonathan Fung

Faculty Fellow, MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center
Trauma Informed Pedagogy, Faculty Learning Community

Dr. Jonathan Fung is a Bay Area interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker and social activist. Fung teaches photography at San Jose State University through a social justice and narrative lens. 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. Fung began his career shooting fashion editorial in New York, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles and San Francisco. 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.
Fung 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 exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Art.

For the past 11 years, Fung’s work has been a platform to expose the darkness of human trafficking and create a call to action to educate and spread awareness. His video installation Down the Rabbit Hole was part of the Wonderland exhibition in the San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. His award-winning short film Hark was screened at many film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival Court Metrage.

His public art installation PEEP was exhibited in the 5×5 Project in Washington DC. Later Fung was commissioned by the San Jose Art Commission to recreate PEEP in downtown San Jose as part of Super Bowl 50. His site-specific art installation Coolie was on view at the de Saisset Museum and exposed the forced labor of Chinese immigrants during the California Gold Rush era. Fung created a site-specific video installation, Prey, for the photo faculty show, Reason & Reverie at the Natalie and James Thompson Gallery that reminds the viewer that children are invaluable and a commodity not for sale.

jonathan.fung@sjsu.edu Ducan Hall 401D


Course Offerings:

Spring 2024:
PHOT 121 – Introduction to Studio Lighting
PHOT 125- Special Topics in Photography

Fall 2024: