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Books and Things: The Studiolo of kate-hers RHEE

Mar 31, 2022 - Jul 02, 2022

1st Class, Portrait of the Founder, Seoul, 2017, digital photograph, courtesy of the artist & Susan Lambooij

Artists

About

Transnational feminist kate-hers RHEE (이미래/李未來) is an interdisciplinary visual, performance and social practice artist, who works between Germany, South Korea and the United States.

This is the first presentation of interdisciplinary artist kate-hers RHEE’s long-term project Wunderkammerkŏri, an interdisciplinary social sculptural installation that interrogates the Western museum’s role as a postcolonial cultural custodian, while reflecting on transnational collection practices and display histories though object-making and collecting, while seeking participatory engagement with the public. Wunderkammern, or cabinets of curiosities, arose in mid-16th century Europe as repositories for wondrous objects but gradually appeared in 17th-18th century Qing China and Joseon Korea in the form of Chinese treasure boxes and Korean still-life genre painting of books and the scholar’s room. This project re-inscribes collecting through the lens of transnational feminism as a means to forge “authentic” identity and self-representation, aspiring to and critiquing the noble male’s pursuit of the marvelous as evidence of his divine mastery of the world.

This project is supported by a 2019 AHL Foundation Biannual Project Grant and a 2021 Berlin Senate Cultural Exchange Travel Grant for Projects Abroad.

SPONSORS

This project is supported by a 2019 AHL Foundation Biannual Project Grant and a 2021 Berlin Senate Cultural Exchange Travel Grant for Projects Abroad.

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Venue Information Opening Reception
  • Date: Mar 31, 2022 - Jul 02, 2022
  • Location:Window Gallery, Express Newark
  • Curators:Alexander Chang