Parlour and Ramp is pleased to present Site-Specific Memories, a solo exhibition featuring new works by Haerim Lee. The exhibit is a culmination of Parlour and Ramp’s residency program.
Through painting, photography, text, and artist books, the artist explores the relationship between location and cultural identity. Investigating one of the whitewashed murals, All of Mankind (1974) by Bill Walker, she is questioning the socio-political implications of whitewashing.
Lee’s new abstract paintings and photographs archive and re-archive through her personal experiences by collecting photo archives from her own and Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG), sand scrapes from the mural site. The objects reflect a space intervention of this particular site of the mural as well as engaging with the community from the mural. Recollecting memories from the community and hers, the new body of work became a form of invention. She now includes a personal narrative with her essay along with quotations from Bell Hooks writing, Choosing the Margin as a Space of Radical Openness to create polyvocality.
Embedded in the site-specific stories, it generates further queries about mobility of the body, presence and absence, inclusivity and exclusivity, racial diversity, and positionality.
This exhibition is curated by Sofia Sanchez Borboa.