Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Lana Lin

Stranger Baby

Stranger Baby

Lana Lin. Stranger Baby, 1994–1995.

“Substituting sly metaphor for political rhetoric on immigration, Lin examines our world of ethical and racial complexities.”—LA Asian Pacific Film Festival catalogue

Moving between fiction, non-fiction, and science fiction, Stranger Baby features collaged micro-narratives and interviews that report on the multiple meanings of the term "alien." The layered soundtrack is composed of viewers speculating on the film’s images. Their responses, marked by anxiety, gravitate toward ready-made assumptions. The voices elaborate an allegory of race and gender relations that exposes the dangerous inclination toward racial profiling. The film’s internal monologue addresses both the attractive and threatening aspects of alienation, confessing to its allure while constructing a critique that challenges viewers to recognize themselves as possible agents or recipients of the vilifying gaze.


misrecognition, alien, identity, race, science fiction, alienation, anxiety, immigration, film

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New York, NY


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