“IM”: the initials of Invisible Man, the 1952 novel by Ralph Ellison on which this work is based. When read aloud, “IM” becomes “I am.” The two words form the beginning of “I am a man,” as in the protestors’ signs during the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike. Martin Luther King Jr. used those words, too. I am human. I am here. “I am an invisible man,” as in Ellison’s opening line.
What does it mean to be invisible? What does it mean to be forced to state one’s own humanity?
From the exhibition: Give a damn. (June 30 – September 30, 2018)