Coverbild Nikki S. Lee
Nikki S. Lee
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Texts by: Russell Ferguson
Contributions: Gilbert Vicario mit der Künstlerin
Edited by: Lesley A. Martin, Umbrage Editions
July 2001 , 112 Pages , 0 Ills.
284mm x 245mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1091-6
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In her works, the Korean-born American concept artist Nikki S. Lee makes use of both documentary street photography and performance art: with an intriguing sense of perfection, she slips into the stereotypical images of rather different social or ethnic groups. In her first work of this kind, The Tourist Project, Nikki S. Lee presented herself as a camera-armed Japanese tourist on a sightseeing tour through New York. Other projects followed, and they are documented for the first time in this book: on seemingly simple 'snap shots', we see, for instance, a young Latina in a backyard of Brooklyn, a stripper in a bar, or an old woman bent by age. Nikki S. Lee succeeds in an almost uncanny way to carry her embodiments beyond masquerade and pastiche. With just a few pictures, she unerringly captures the salient features of a group and, for a moment, 'enters into' the role she has adopted. And so it is that in Nikki S. Lee's works social strata of every conceivable kind are played out and superimposed on her own features as though in a multiple exposure image. The artist: Nikki S.Lee, born in Kye-Chang in Korea. Studies fine art in Korea and photography at New York University. Participation in numerous international group exhibitions, most recently at the Kwang-Jiu Biennale 2000 in Korea. Lives and works in New York.
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