Rech Sundar was born in Germany. She studied at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie, Munich; the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich; the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg; and the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg. She works and lives in Charlotte, NC.
The themes of migration and integration, identity and displacement are recurrent in Sundar's works and projects. Her undertakings frequently revolve around the dissonance of belonging and not belonging, around the multiple and often contradictory elements that define and transform our identities across national, cultural and linguistic borders. The underlying idea of her projects is to depict social, political and intercultural connections and translate her observations and findings visually as well as acoustically. It is a process of search in which photographs, videos, text and sound come together and result in an aesthetic and communicative perspective. Her work draws upon the intimate rituals of everyday life, the in-between quality of interviews and conversations, and the intersection of private and public spaces.
"Ultimately my work is about the human experience, about who we are and what defines us. Whether it is gender, race, religion or nationality; the forces that shape our identities are multiple and complex. The personal and the social are deeply entangled."
Rech Sundar has exhibited her work in galleries and museums across Germany, Latin America and the United States. Her collaborations include:
Fotomuseum München, Munich
Museum für Industriekultur, Nuremberg
Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt
Danner Stiftung, Munich
Prinzregent Luitpold Stiftung, Munich
Instituto Cultural Judaico, Port Alegre
Goethe-Institut Porto Alegre
Goethe-Institut Rio de Janeiro
Goethe-Institut São Paulo
Goethe-Institut Santiago de Chile
Goethe-Institut La Paz
Museu Judaico, Rio de Janeiro
Museu Lasar Segall, São Paulo
Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo
The Jewish Museum, New York
McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte