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Nikki S. Lee (American/Korean, b.1970)
LOT ID: 65195
Habitat for Humanity / The Ohio Project (16), 1999

Chromogenic Print (C-print)
18.5 х 12.75 in. (46.99 x 32.38 cm.)
Not viewed out of the frame.
Edition of 40 + 12 AP
Lot description
Viewable image: 18.5 x 12.75 in
Framed: 26.5 x 19.75 in
Edition of 40, 12 A/P

Proceeds from the sale of this work benefit Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. (DC Habitat), a non-profit organization that works to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in the nation’s capital by building affordable, energy-efficient homes for low-income families in need.

This work is part of PHOTOBOX 01, published by the New Museum of Contemporary Art on the occasion of the Museum's 24th annual Galabenefit in 2001 in honor of Ileana Sonnabend.

In this image from the 'Ohio Project,' Nikki S. Lee adopts the guise of the rural American farmer. By adapting herself to the highly diversified roles and sub-cultures she interacts with, Lee truly transcends age, race, lifestyle, and gender with her in-depth approach to photography. As exemplified with this image, Lee also maintains the use of time-stamping in each of her works, defining their exact moment in her photographic career.

Nikki S. Lee (B. 1970, South Korea) is a contemporary artist whose photographs often focus on identity and social behaviors, specifically how consciously individuals are of the culture they interact in. Lee focuses on various ethnic groups and sub cultures, studying their fashions, mannerisms, and behaviors, then mimics them in order to interact with them over the course of several weeks. By adopting their culture, dress, and attitudes, Lee truly submerges herself with the subjects she studies, making her images far more poignant than the average photographers.

Select Public Collections:
The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL)
The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA)

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