photo: Carlos Cruz
i am an artist, curator, and media maker whose creative practice melds dreamwork, written word, embodied movement, video poetry, and analog photography. i use experimental modes of visual storytelling to examine intimacy and interdependence as spiritual tools for survival. i’m interested in the ways we relate to ourselves, each other, our surroundings, the unknown, and the new meanings that are made in spaces where artistic mediums meet.
in community, i craft collective experiences that celebrate the work of storytellers, artists, and activists using moving image media and contemporary performing arts to cultivate intimacy and incite connection through creative expression. my lived experience as a first-generation daughter of immigrants informs my programmatic interests and endeavors.
i have curated and produced cultural festivals, museum programs, and intimate creative salons in Seattle, Istanbul, and Barcelona and serve as the Artistic Director at Northwest Film Forum, an independent film center and community arts hub.
at NWFF, i co-curate year-round programming, including ByDesign Festival, Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, and Local Sightings Film Festival. i am a co-curator of Yellow Fish Durational Performance Art Festival VI, a long form inquiry into Durational Performance as a means to support methods of staying alive in our present times.
UW Bothell Magazine (pg. 20): Q&A with Rana San, Aug. 2020
The Stranger: A Message to the City from Rana San, Jul. 2020
Medium: Stories of Adaptation & Resilience: Northwest Film Forum, Apr. 2020
Moving Poems: How to Start a Major New Video Poetry Festival, Jul. 2019