Hank Willis Thomas and Ryan Alexiev: the truth is i am you
September 24, 2022 - November 20, 2022
169 Henry St,
New Haven, CT 06511

Large balloons floating throughout NXTHVN’s gallery space—a nod to Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds (1966)—invite viewers to respond directly to the prompt “the truth is…” as the exhibition progresses, forming a collective, participatory experience. Balloons with phrases from an accompanying poem composed by Thomas and Alexiev serve as an example: “the truth is i respect you” and “the truth is i welcome you.” A vibrant speech bubble bench sits outside, beckoning visitors to rest and contemplate their truth before entering.

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