Interdisciplinary visual artist kate-hers RHEE was born in Seoul and raised in a deeply racially segregated, working class suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Her experiences negotiating her position in-between, specifically black and white identities, are at the core of her artistic practice. She explores transnational identity and the construction of self, while discussing gender, migration, and global inequality. Her work engages with the assessment of and post-colonial discourses surrounding the ethnographic collection and the archeologic archive.
After receiving her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a merit scholarship and her MFA from the University of California-Irvine, where she was a graduate studies diversity and Jacob K. Javits fellow, she established her Berlin studio in 2009. She works transculturally in South Korea, Germany, and the United States.
RHEE’s work has been shown nationally and internationally in diverse galleries and institutions in Berlin and beyond: in Galerie Wedding, Galerie Irrgang, Galerie damdam in the Korean Cultural Center, Reinbeckhallen, the Asian Art Museum, the Berlinische Galerie, Art Space One, the Warehouse Gallery Icheon Art Platform in Korea, and the British Museum in London. Her solo exhibition, Wunderkammer and Things, will be on view at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University in 2021.