if you all don’t know nikki lee, you should: she’s a korean american photographer who assimilates into various ethnic/cultural world. to say she poses as members of these communities is to miss her point entirely. lee becomes part of these communities. identity is performance and performance is identity, whether she is punk, yuppie, gansta, stripper, skateboarder, or even the “real” and really elusive nikki lee. to consider her work alongside the transient and complicating factors of race and class makes her project more rich — and also more complex.
ps: she also has a background in fashion. the interdisciplinary artist is yet another topic to explore.