Lana Z Caplan

Lana Z Caplan works across various media, including single-channel films or videos in essay form, interactive installations, video art, and photography. Her work is inspired by notions of utopia and the relationship of the present to history and memory. She often explores the implications of social landscapes on the physical landscape, unearthing buried or forgotten histories and unveiling ecological impacts. Caplan has an international exhibition record including Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, Microscope Gallery (New York), Inside Out Art Museum (Beijing), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City), Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives (New York), Chicago Underground Film Festival, CROSSROADS Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, Antimatter [media art], Montreal Underground Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque), Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (Scotland).

Caplan earned her BA and BS from Boston University and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Caplan’s work is represented by Gallery NAGA (Boston) and her films are distributed by Collectif Jeune Cinéma (Paris) and Filmmaker’s Cooperative (New York).

For more about her work and upcoming exhibitions, visit her website at:


Lana Z Caplan

Assistant Professor Photography and Video
Phone: 805.756.1562
Office: 34 - 142


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