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Artist

kate-hers RHEE

USA, born 1976
• Term B : Jun - Aug, 2019
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Interdisciplinary visual artist kate-hers RHEE explores transnational identity and the construction of self, while discussing gender, migration, and global inequality. Her work engages with the assessment of, and postcolonial discourses surrounding ethnographic collections. The artist invents new cultural artifacts, ethnographic symbols and living breathing anthropology. The artist was born in a poor neighborhood in Seoul.
Abandoned because of her gender, her birth parents had counted on having a son, after already birthing three girls, and being number our (an unlucky number in Asia), she was abandoned immediately. Months later, she was transnationally adopted to a racially segregated working class neighborhood in Macomb County, Michigan. Her experiences negotiating her position in-between, specifically black and white identities, are at the core of her artistic practice.
In her recent work, the artist draws on ancient cosmology legends, Native American and ancient Greek mythology, and East Asian historical (mis) memory about the Comfort Women. During her residency at the IAP, she plans to continue building on this project, with the aim of a portrayal of femininity that is female centered and free of lookism, while paying special attention to the recent developments of feminist activism in South Korea.


[Incheon Culture Communication 3.0] Artist Introduction Interview : http://news.ifac.or.kr/archives/20308

Profile

Education
- University of California, Irvine/US, Studio Arts, USA 2009
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Performance Art, Chicago, USA, 1999

Selected Solo Exhibition
- <Past Persephone>, Meanwhile, Elsewhere, Galerie Irrgang, Berlin,
   Germany, 2019
- <MuEon Daeon>, two person exhibition with Tsukasa Yajima, Korea Verband,
   Berlin, Germany, 2019
- <I like Korea and Korea likes me> Gallery dam dam, Korean Cultural Center,
   Berlin, Germany, 2018
- <If Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade>, SOMA Art Space, Berlin,
   Germany, 2017
- <Transkoreaning>, Art Space One, Seoul, 2016
- <12×12 Video Lounge>, Berlinische Galerie: Museum of Modern Art, Berlin,
   Germany, 2014
- <Dr. Rhee’s Kimtschi Shop>, Das Gift, Berlin, Germany, 2011

Selected Group Exhibition
- <postmodernism and aesthetics: collide or steer>, Korean Cultural Center,
   AHL Foundation, NYC, USA, 2018
- <Archipelago>, Reinbeckenhallen, Goldrausch K&#252;nstlerinnenprojekt, Berlin,
   Germany, 2018
- <Intimacies and Imagined Fictions>, SOMA Art Galerie - Berlin, Global Arts
   Exchange, Asian Pacific American Institute, NYU, USA, 2018
- <The New Me>, vkunst frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, 2018
- <MANIFESTO: A Modest Proposal>, Pitzer College Galleries, Claremont, CA,
   USA, 2018
- <PDF-OBJECTS>, Ex-girlfriend Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2017
- <good to talk: 46 hours of conversation>, Kantine am Berghain,
   Berlin, Germany, 2017
- <Loving Blackness>, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 2017
- <Schnittmengen (Intersections)>, Asian Art Museum, Berlin, Germany, 2016
- <Where We Are Now>, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany, 2016
- <Schwitzk&#228;sten>, K&#252;nstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany, 2015
- <Body/Language>, centrum, Berlin, Germany, 2015
- <The Archive of Korean Artists in America, Part 3>, Korean Cultural Service,
   NYC, USA, 2015

Selected Projects
- <The N-Kisses>, performance collaboration with Daniel Dodd-Ellis and Marie
   Yan, on the occasion of the closing reception, Archipelago, Reinbeckenhallen,
   Berlin, Germany, 2018
- <목소리: The Limitation and Liberation of Language>, lecture performance,
   on the occasion of the solo exhibition of Theresa Hak Young Cha, MAH-UHM,
   Gallery dam dam, Korean Cultural Center, Berlin, Germany, 2018
- <N-Kissing Booth>, performance, Torrance Art Museum as part of CO/LAB III,
   Torrance, CA, USA, 2018
- <Minimally Korean>, food sculpture and performance, Humboldt Lab Dahlem,
   Berlin, Germany, 2015

Selected Residencies and Awards
- Goldrausch K&#252;nstlerinnenprojekt Fellowship, postgraduate program for female
   artists, Berlin, Germany, 2018
- Cultural Exchange Travel Grant for Project Abroad, Berlin Senate, Berlin, Germany, 2017
- Puffin Foundation Grant for Fine Arts and Video, Teaneck, NJ, USA, 2015
- Berlin Working Visual Artist Fellowship, Berlin Senate Chancellery Cultural
   Affairs, Berlin, Germany, 2015
- 1st Place, Korean American Visual Arts Competition Award, AHL Foundation,
   NY, USA, 2014
- <New Media Fellowship> Stiftung K&#252;nstlerdorf Sch&#246;ppingen, Sch&#246;ppingen,
   Germany, 2013
- <James & Stephania McClennen Fellowship>, Millay Colony for the Arts,
   Austerlitz, NY, USA, 2013
- <Interdisciplinary Arts Fellowship, Leon Levy Foundation Grant and The David
   and Rosamond Putman Transportation Fund>, MacDowell Colony,
   Petersborough, NH, USA, 2012
- <International Residency Fellowship>, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT,
   USA, 2011

Others
- Panel participant, <The Politics of Beauty; Decolonizing Wor:l:ds> conference,
   International Literature Festival, Berlin, Germany, 2018
- Van Hoesen, Brett M. Winning: kate-hers RHEE and the Culture of Resistance in
   Golden Spoon, Dirt Spoon, Goldrausch K&#252;nstlerinnenprojekt Catalog,
   Berlin, 2018
- Kelting, Lily. “Kimchi and Other Others: Food Performance in Contemporary
   Berlin.”ed. by Joshua Abrams and Richard Gough, Performance Research,
   On Taste, 2018
- <Transcultural Chuseok Potluck>, Social Sculpture Workshop, British Museum,
   London, UK, 2016