Saturday, February 03, 2007

Go See the Oliver Kamm Show @ the 5BE Gallery, titled, For Whites Only.


Joe Ovelman: For Whites Only

January 12 – February 10, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, January 12, 2007, 6 – 8 PM

Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery is pleased to announce Joe Ovelman’s second solo show with the gallery. “For Whites Only” is an investigation into race and culture in America. Ovelman confronts racism and questions identity.

"For Whites Only" will feature Ovelman’s largest participatory project to date.

"Rosa Parks 381" includes 381 Polaroids of the artist, taken and signed by 381 individuals who could self-identify as African-American. The number in the title commemorates the number of days of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and is inspired by the James Baldwin quote, "I’ll be black for as long as you tell me that you are white".

"Regi", 2005 is a video in which the paid subject, chosen for his African decent, stands naked and confined to one end of a room for 8 hours, the length of a typical work day. The video was shot in Porto Seguro, Brazil, a historic slave-trading port.

Also on view: “7 Gold Lynchings,” miniature, bound figures sculpted in wire;

“Twelve Drawings,” anecdotes of racism from the artist’s life; and a compilation CD, “Nigga in the Title," featuring twenty-four songs whose titles include the word nigga.

Ovelman asks, out of 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 12 months a year, when am I white?


neo said...

this is in NY right?

Hummingbyrd said...

Yeah n*gga.

I guess I should say Nyers should go.

Saw a movie on Cuban Hip Hop last night.

Sh*t was blazed.

I could just go around the world making movies about hip hop (while trading on wall street to finance that sh*t) and be a real happy camper.

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