I’M BLUE (IF I WAS █████ I WOULD DIE)
I'm Blue (If I Was █████ I Would Die) is the first solo exhibition of American-based artist American Artist, who chose to legally change their name and employ gender-neutral pronouns to challenge the notion of what an “American artist” should look like and highlight the concept of anonymity surrounding black identity.
Upon walking into the white-walled Koenig & Clinton Gallery of Brooklyn, visitors are presented with an exhibition space that has been rearranged to resemble an instructional seminar for law enforcement personnel. The space is unsettling and is made even more so by the bright fluorescent lights that shine from directly above. On the far wall hang a set of blackboards covered in a navy fabric that closely resembles the uniforms worn by law enforcement. Bisecting the room are six classroom desks, each reinforced with a ballistic shield covered in the same blue fabric.