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

Mysterial Power

Mysterial Power

Lana Lin. Mysterial Power, 2002.

"Mysterial Power" is a personal pursuit through interactions with family, spirituality, and everyday life in Taiwan. The video documents the struggle between the filmmaker as observer and participant in the field of her Taiwanese family’s daily life and religious practice. Lin’s adolescent cousin, who communicates with one of the Taiwanese local gods, inspired the project and becomes its absent center. The figure of the spiritual medium acts as a translator between different categories of experience. As one who mediates between the strange and familiar, she offers a shifting vantage point from which to view cultural constructions of knowledge, belief, and reality.


spirit medium, diety, translation, mystery, Taiwan, ancestor worship, spirituality, unknown, fortune, power

I Begin to Know YouMizu Shobai (Water Business)Stranger BabyNo Power to Push Up the SkyNo Power to Push Up the Skyeverything is not the sameMysterial Power

Taiwan Video ClubAlmost the Cocktail HourUnidentified Vietnam

New York, NY


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