Joe Lee a native Dubliner graduated from the National College of Art and Design in the early 1980s. He has worked as an independent film and video maker since then, with a number of production companies and television stations. From the 1990s his work has included a range of video documentation/archive projects with Irish National Cultural Institutions and the direction and curation of public art projects.
This work included an extensive range of film/arts projects in Inchicore, O’Devaney Gardens and the North West Inner City Markets Area of Dublin. He has also been the curator of public arts projects and exhibitions in County Sligo and County Killkenny. He has exhibited video artworks and photomontage prints in various exhibitions winning two awards over the years at the Exhibition of Visual Art (EVA) Limerick. His video installation work ‘Open Season’ in the 1997 ‘Once Is Too Much’ exhibition made with a women’s group from Inchicore is represented in the permanent collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. He also has individual works in a number of private collections.
He was film maker in residence for Dublin City Council in 2009 and launched the popular 52 minute documentary ‘Bananas on the Breadboard’ about the story of the markets area and street trading in Dublin. His recent work includes projects with; CityWide Drugs Crisis Campaign, the Babel DVD project with composer Roger Doyle and Dance Ireland, North Inner City Violence Against Women Action Group, St Michael’s Estate Regeneration Board.
His latest film project ‘The Area’ made with choreographer Rionach NiNeill of Ciotog Dance Company and the Machusla Dance Group was launched at the Odeon Cinema Point Village on 30th May 2013. He is currently in production with an O’Devaney Gardens Community group, on a film project about the recent history of the locality in the context of the collapse of Dublin City Council’s regeneration plans for the neighbourhood.