Yunjin La-mei Woo was born as the granddaughter of a Korean shaman and grew up to be an artist/ethnographer. She researches contagion metaphors and how they can be critically used as a counter-performance to the dominant narrative of what it means to be “human” or “living.” Her creative practice, driven by her research, ranges in diverse media from performance art to film, video, installation, and socially-engaged projects. She teaches sculpture courses on materiality, processes, space as habitats, and social narratives of objects and places.

Woo holds an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Seoul National University and is a doctoral candidate in Communication and Culture at Indiana University Bloomington. She has exhibited her work internationally, curated exhibitions as an independent curator, and presented papers at major conferences in various disciplines, including CAA. Her doctoral dissertation project ethnographically follows the contagion discourse around spirit possession in South Korean shamanism as an attempt to challenge colonial representations of female bodies and shamanic practice as “ill,” “infectious,” or “other-than-human.”