Nikki S. Lee

CS-Nikki-BlackTopBorn in 1970, Nikki S. Lee is a Korean photographer and filmmaker formerly working in New York, now living and working in Seoul. Lee graduated from Chang-Ang University in South Korea in 1993 (BFA), and then moved to NYC to go to the Fashion Institute of Technology and earned her M.A in photography at NYU in 1998. Through photography, Lee explores identity within different social, economic, and racial groups in order to deconstruct preconceived notions of categorization. This theme of socially constructed identities based on appearance and stereotype is the focal point of Lee’s notable works including Projects (1997-2001), Parts (2002-2005), and her film, A.K.A. Nikki S. Lee (2006). The film had its premier at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Lee has had solo exhibitions of her work at major institutions including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City. Two monographs have been published about Lee’s work: Nikki S. Lee: Parts by RoseLee Goldberg and Nikki S. Lee: Projects, with essays by Russell Ferguson and Gilbert Vicario.