Lee Douglas is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Collections Department at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, where she is examining the production, circulation and display of Latin American conceptual art. She received her PhD in Anthropology and a graduate certificate in Culture & Media from NYU. Combining scholarly research with visual production and curatorial initiatives, her work examines how the past is reconstructed and the future reimagined through engagements with the remnants of political violence. Her current book project, Worlds of Absence, analyzes the intersection of forensic science, modes of documentation, and image-making practices during the excavation of mass graves in Post-Franco Spain. Paying close attention to the circulation of forensic evidence, it asks what the entanglement between science and visual representation reveals about the production and mobilization of knowledge in times of economic austerity and political change. In her new project, Visualizing Deviance, she uses the camera as a vehicle for moving across time and space in order to consider how forensic science and visual technologies have been mobilized to conjure up images of an internal, ideological, and racial others in Spain and Portugal. Combining images of archives with images from archives, the project narrates how deviance has been imagined and constituted in the moments of 20 th -century history when repression and revolution intersect.
She is a visiting professor at NYU Madrid and founder and member of the visual research collective Arena para la maquina, based in Madrid. She is also the Visual Essays Editor for Anthropology Now and a member of the Writing with Light Editorial Collective. She co-directed and produced the 2015 film What Remains.