© 2019 Anna Van Lenten

 

Street Errands is a series of collaged photographs that combine street scenes of New York with scenes of other places KangHee has traveled to throughout the US. Her goal in combining images is to construct her own form of surreal escapism.

 

KangHee’s mother moved her to the US in 2008 when she was 14. A lawyer’s mishap missed a chance to get a green card, but she qualified for DACA. Being in DACA means that if she leaves the US, she cannot return. To be in DACA is to live in a limbo of waiting for word about her status.

 

Layering real life photographs allows a bit of liberation from the visa restrictions. The dark side of fantasy means losing sight of the present moment, and ultimately, KangHee would like to remain hopeful and appreciate what she has in the present.

 

KANGHEE KIM is a photographer working in the United States. She is represented by Benrubi Gallery. She has had multiple solo and group exhibitions, most recently, Dreamerscapes, at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, and at D Museum in Seoul, South Korea.

At The Half King, a fabled bar in Chelsea, from 2010-2019 I exhibited a new print show every 6 to 8 weeks, plus screenings and book launches in between. I designed these event openings to engage audience and artist in conversations that would invite fresh insights to the stories photographers were telling.
- Anna Van Lenten
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