Kevin Beasley Uses NBA Jerseys To Highlight Racial Injustice.
Music by: Rujay – Diamonds. Image credit: Casey Kaplan Gallery.
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The NBA jersey has become an iconic symbol in pop culture and sports, even making its way into street style, but one artist has taken the jersey and given it a whole new meaning…
New York’s Casey Kaplan Gallery is showcasing an installation online by artist Kevin Beasley who used the iconic basketball jersey to explore how Black bodies are viewed in the US. Beasley used 4 colourful installations, each plastered in a different jersey representing an NBA star, to comment on the “complicated realities of race, power, violence, and exploitation.”
For example, one installation is covered in the bright yellow jersey of three-time NBA champion, Stephen Curry. The artist uses a play on words running with the English name ‘curry’ given to the spicy food that’s a byproduct of trade and the British Empire. The British took curry to all corners of the world, taking with it slavery and colonisation.
To check out the other works by Beasley head over to the Casey Kaplan Gallery’s website, and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the artist’s work below.
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