Available as a limited edition C-Print 33.33cm x 50cm (edition of 10) and Transparency Lightbox (2 out of 3 available)
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The work Fleischfreude Self-Portrait takes RHEE’s obsession with the preparation and desire of food as a departure point. Many of her art materials use food products themselves, both familiar and exotic to German eyes: cold cuts, dried fish, salami, garlic stems, Chocolate Kisses (Schokoküsse)- which are then performed and composed in unsettling and corporeal ways. The title of this work is a direct reference to Carolee Schneeman’s seminal feminist performance work, Meat Joy, from 1964. In the self portrait photograph, the artist gazes un- abashedly directly at the viewer. This work conflates sexual desire with hunger for food, while evoking a critique of female objectification and the Other, explicitly evoking a Japanese practice of Nyotaimori, where mostly male customers eat sushi off a very still naked woman’s body. In many ways, Asian female bodies are regarded worldwide as exotic commodities, blurring separate ethnicities to produce an overall insidious stereotype of the passive, obedient and highly sexualized lotus flower. However, an aggressive celebration of flesh and erotic ritual is also present.