Nick Cave the Chicago-based artist, not the Australian musician will be exhibiting at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
The artist made Soundsuits out of a “gauche, lavish adornment” of found objects and started the project as a way of dealing with racial profiling. The project evolved out of a need to be heard and to be protective — the suits were developed “in response to the now-infamous amateur video of the racial profiling and beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers” in 1991. The suits act as a “second skin” and when activated by the body offer soundscapes associated with cultural identity.
Cave is professor of fashion design at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The show opens February 5th and runs through May 4th.