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Ka Yan 家恩, as known as Jayne Lies, is a film director and multidisciplinary artist from Hong Kong currently based in New York City. Her work strives to raise consciousness and connect the human condition across time and space - a voice for people who exist on the margins of life. Ka Yan has worked with a number of international publications and self-published her debut book in 2018 named “520” - a celebration of her fleeting story of freedom featuring photos, paintings and written pieces created during her first seven years as an illegal diaspora and a runaway of Hong Kong in NYC. “520” was exhibited in NY Art Book Fair 2018 at MoMA PS1, and can be found in the collections of the Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library of the Metropolitan Museum and the Asian Art Archive in America.

 

Her second body of work “Flower Spirits” - a multimedia release that included a photography book and short film showcasing eight up-and-coming stars from Tokyo - was published by Shizen Brooklyn in 2019 and distributed to NYC and Tokyo. Ka Yan has continued to grow her world building impact through creative direction and filmmaking, developing the visual languages of black trans harpist & singer Ahya Simone, and Tibetan singer Yesh in 2020-2021. Her work with these artists can be experienced through Pique Project, a multimedia platform and community of marginalized talents that Ka Yan co-founded. She is also founder of 852ARCHIVE - a visual library and community for the Hong Kong diaspora around the world. Ka Yan is currently working on her first screenplay, as well as integrating energy healing work into her creative practice every day.

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