April WenArtist / Educator / Writer
New York City
April Wen is an artist, writer and educator working in her endemic New York. She is a Teaching Artist Fellow at the Center for Urban Pedagogy and holds a B.A. from Yale University in Film and Media Studies. Her upcoming work is a feature-length film about a location scout whose view of New York City takes a surreal turn when her lover and late brother’s worlds collide.
2019 - 2020
The Wisdom Channel
A young insomniac visits a meditation teacher
for nonsensical insights about her waking life
The Wisdom Channel. Video, color, sound. 2019.
2015 - 2017
Jenny (Craig). Theatrical production, the Crescent Underground Theater, 2017.
- Digital Media Center for the Arts Interdisciplinary Arts Award, 2017; St. Anthony Hall Educational Foundation Grant, 2017; The Creative and Performing Arts Award, Yale University, 2017
Jenny (Craig) PROSE, MIXED MEDIA, FILM, PERFORMANCE
Jenny and her boyfriend Craig take a night together to destress from the college applications process. The TV’s on. Their minds are off. But when Craig falls asleep, Jenny’s mind goes into overdrive. In comes Jenny’s alter-ego, Bibbe, who is like Jenny in every way except her race.
The world of Jenny (Craig) was developed over three years through two short stories, a book of collage, a short film, and a play that incorporates live surveillance video.
Tactic (TV). Video, color, sound. 2016.
- The Creative and Performing Arts Award, Yale University, 2016
Jenny’s Diary [Selections]. 8” x 11”. Concertina sketchbook, ink, watercolor, crayon, pencil, cotton fabric, stamps, pantyhose packaging, stickers, business cards, vellum, found photographs. 2016.
- The Construction of Whiteness exhibition, curated by Claudia Rankine, 2016.
Deep down, Craig knows that pet ventriloquism is still seen as a notch beneath puppeteering, his first love.
Jenny (Craig). Yale Literary Magazine, 2016.
My limited experience with vulnerability probably stems from observing Jennie and Craig’s honestly scary romance. And of course, my mother and father’s relationship – which isn’t a relationship so much as a pizza party with only calzones.
Cusp. Yale Literary Magazine, 2015.
The Year I Saw My Mother
Gelatin silver prints, 8” x 10”. 2013-2014.
- Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, final exhibition, curated by Thomas Allen Harris. 2016.
- MIRROR/IMAGE, curated by Riana Gideon. 2020.