Nikki s. Lee
Female Trouble The camera as mirror and stage of female projectionSince the invention of photography more than 170 years ago it has been largely women who have used this technical medium to project themselves through role playing and masquerading. As well as the experimental urge to constantly recreate ones ego, the camera has also served as a means of calling into question clichés of female representation. Playing with the image of the eternally feminine was and remains a discourse with gender identity, its social and political definitions and reaching beyond them.
The exhibition focuses on contemporary women artists such as Cindy Sherman, Sarah Lucas, Monica Bonvicini and Pipilotti Rist, who with the aid of photography and video art investigate the female image. The artists explore the question of what image patterns the media age employs for portraying femininity and how t...
Nikki S. Lee Projects and PartsSome call her a chameleon. Nikki S. Lee accepts this cliché. She sees it as part of her personality to be constantly reinventing herself. In her photo series Projects the Korean-born artist, who has lived in New York since 1994, immersed herself into different societal communities. After weeks of research into and observation on a community she then transformed into a different Nikki S. Lee. Like an actress she took on or abandoned a role, restyled her hair the way the members of that community do, shopped where they generally shop, spent her time on park benches, in gyms, in their bars or learned to skateboard so that she could be photographed with her peers as a punk, yuppie, Latina, hip hopster or lesbian.
The resulting photos look like pictures out of family albums. It is not the visual reservoir of art or film h...