Jeewi Lee, born in Seoul in 1987 and based in Berlin, is a multidisciplinary artist exploring memory, time, and decay through site-specific installations, videos, and painting series. Her work focuses on "the trace," representing the past, presence, and absence. Lee's art challenges visual perception by highlighting the unnoticed aspects of everyday life. Traces, though abstract, carry narrative elements, serving as residues of past lives—a visual allegory for lived experiences, history, and memory. Lee, with a South Korean-German background, conducts intensive material research, transforming and combining materials for poetic exploration. She often engages with exhibition spaces, creating site-specific installations. Her art reflects the co-existence of presence and absence, exploring the intersection of past and present.

Education

2018
MA degree in Art in Context, UDK Berlin
2014
Meisterschüler degree in Fine Arts, UDK Berlin
2013
Absolvent degree in Fine Arts, UDK Berlin
2012
Hunter College University New York City
since 2009
Class of Prof. Robert Lucander
since 2008
University of Fine Arts Berlin (UDK Berlin)

Solo exhibitions

2024
Traces of Journeys, signs and symbols, NYC (upcoming)
2023
Palimpsest, Segments of Re-enscription, German Architecture Center DAZ, Berlin
Past Tense, Sexauer Showroom, Berlin
2021
junger westen- solo position, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
Embodied Memories, OH Gallery, Dakar
Revision, Staedtische Galerie (City Museum) Ostfildern
Vor·wurf, Sexauer Gallery, Berlin
2020
re- , Kunstverein in Hamburg
2018
Inzision, Sexauer Gallery, Berlin
Der Abgang, Lichthaus Arnsberg / Kunstverein Arnsberg
2017
Marbling, Bar Babette, Berlin
2016
Blinder Beifall, Sexauer Gallery, Berlin
2015
Sediment, Arndt Gallery, Berlin
Ich_No_Gramm, Zönotéka, Berlin
2014
Abrieb, ZQM, Berlin
2013
Spurlauschen, DKS Gallery, Berlin

Selected group exhibitions

2024
Non Objectified, Kino Saito, Verplanck/ New York
Into the Woods, Kunsthaus Wien – Klima Biennale Wien
Disonance, Stadtgalerie (City Museum) Kiel
2023
The Notion of Silence, Kunsthaus Erfurt
Painted Matter, Kunstverein Arnsberg
Checkpoint. Border Views from Korea, SAW Center Ottawa
When the sirens howl (it ́s on us), Weltecho Gallery, Chemnitz
"Shift" as part of the project Motus, BAW Garden - Neue National Gallery, Berlin
The Delicate Things That Girls Do, signs and symbols, NYC
Indigo Waves and Other Stories, Gropiusbau Berlin
So it appears, Institute for Contemporary Art Virginia
2022
Riboca 3 - Exercises in Respect, Riga Biennale (postponed)
At the Coalface, CID Grand-Hornu Museum, Hainaut
At first sight, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
Identität nicht nachgewiesen, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
Tabula Rasa / Terrain Vague, Staedtische Galerie (City Museum) Nordhorn
Transgresssive. Nonkonforme Zugänge zu Kunst und Stadt, Kühlhaus, Berlin
Checkpoint, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
An Instant Later, Britta Rettberg Gallery, Munich
Chronicle Disappearance, Mönchehaus Museum Goslar
Témoigner de l’origine, OH Gallery, Dakar
From "Abstraction" to Abstraction, Foundation Stefan Gierowski, Warsaw
2021
By the Sea, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven
Scratching the Surface, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum der Gegenwart, Berlin
Ruhr Ding: Klima, Urbane Künste Ruhr, Silbersee II am Haltern
Event Tree Analysis, Spiegelarche, Rolldisleben
Flow, Sepulchral Culture Museum, Kassel
2020
la matière, OH Gallery, Dakar
Jahresgabenausstellung, Kunstverein in Hamburg
Wände I Walls, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
Studio Berlin, Boros Foundation x Berghain, Berlin
Group exhibition, Art Biesenthal, Wehrmuehle
Owned by Others, Museum Island, Berlin
Artists & Allies II, signs and symbols Gallery, NYC
Come Together, Sexauer Gallery, Berlin
Synthetis, permanent installation, Sculpturepark Schlossgut Schwante, Berlin
The Rhythm of Giving and Taking, Kër Thiossane, Dakar
Intersection Tamba- Seeds for future memories, Centre Culturel, Tambacounda
2019
Back There, Kunstverein Tiergarten / Galerie Nord, Berlin
Supplica per un´appendice, Kunstraum, Munich
2018
Would have been II, Palazzo Ziino, Palermo
Die Informale, Buenos Aires
Thresholds. Limits of Space, BNKR, Munich
Would have been, Villa Romana, Florence
Artists & Allies , signs and symbols Gallery, NYC
Kollidierende Gelüste, Korean embassy, Berlin
Last Dance, Kindl, Berlin
2017
Good Friends, c/o Kunstpunkt, Berlin
Wir nennen es Arbeit, Galleria Opere Scelte, Turin
Festival of Future Nows II, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
New Adventures in Vexillology #3, Kunstverein Amrum
2016
Struktion- Artweek 2016, Kühlhaus, Berlin
Die Geschichte hat einen Fehler / Zu viele Erzähler, Kunstverein Gütersloh
Dialog der Residuen, Gallery Villa Köppe, Berlin
2015
Kunst&Konstrukt, Westraum, Berlin
Frames of War, Momenta, NYC
2014
Festival of Future Nows, Neue National Galerie, Berlin
Berlin Masters, Arndt Gallery, Berlin
2012
Looking Glass Self, permanent installation - Humbolt University, Berlin

Grants

2024
Artist-Residency Goethe Institute with DRY OCEAN Project Collective, Madrid
2023
Artist-Residency Bethany - Anni & Joseph Albers Foundation, Connecticut
Seed, public sculpture - University of Heidelberg (upcoming 2025)
2022
Artist-Residency Blank 100, Alentejo
Stiftung Kunstfond Neu Start Kultur, Bonn
2021
Art award junger westen, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
Grant funding for catalogue, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn
2020
Grant Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn
Thread artist-residency - Josef & Anni Albers Foundation, Sinthian
Grant CAA Berlin
Residency Al Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem (postponed)
2018
Villa Romana art prize, Florence
2015
Kwanjeong Lee, Chonghwan Foundation, Seoul
2012
Dorothea-Konwiarz-scholarship, Berlin
2011
Jungart prize for painting, Berlin

Art Fairs

2024
Art Düsseldorf
Art Brussels
2023
Art Cologne
Art Düsseldorf
2022
Art Düsseldorf
2021
Artissima
2019
Art Berlin
Art Brussels
2018
Art Rotterdam