kate-hers RHEE presents “If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade,” Opening May 7 at SOMA Berlin


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“If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade” is a powerful maxim that encourages an optimistic attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune. Since moving to Berlin in 2009, interdisciplinary visual artist kate-hers RHEE’s work explores the intersections of race, gender and cultural identity specific to language and nation. In this solo exhibition, she presents work that confronts disparaging racist and sexist German colloquialisms, while deflating them with humour and wit. The offensive (racist/sexist) slang, N****kuss, Schicke Möpse, and Fiji are at the centre of this exhibition. The pivotal work, The Chocolate Kiss Project examines the concept of the Other through Blackness, using the lens of the racial triangulation theory to reflect on her own subject position as an Asian-American woman. The artist contemplates the intersecting impacts of the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the Black Lives Matter movement on the model minority myth, while reflecting on her own foreign identity as a non-white, non-black woman in Germany.

“If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade” is often used by women, women of colour and recently quite famously referred to by Beyoncé in her iconic music album Lemonade with a direct quote from Hattie White, Jay Z’s grandmother.

The long-term curatorial project ‘Yellow Matters’ curated by Nabi Nari at SOMA Art Gallery Berlin is supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin (Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin).

Opening 15:00-19:00, Sunday, 7. May 2017
Free admission

7-17 May 2017
SOMA Art Gallery
Liegnitzer Str. 35
10999 Berlin

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