Decide Who You Are
Category: Build and Access the Collection
Location: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library
Decide who you are : texts / Adrian Piper.
Philosopher and conceptual artist Adrian Piper, known for her photography, installations, and performances, is one of the most influential artists of our time. Decide Who You Are: Texts is a book of poems about power, race, privilege, and inequality. The book accompanies Piper’s 1992 photo-text collage series Decide Who You Are, which juxtaposes a compilation of commonly invoked phrases of denial and intimidation with photographs and drawings. Piper describes the series as addressing, “Two interconnecting themes: class conflict and academic issues relating to class conflict and class elitism particularly with regard to race.” In Decide Who You Are: Texts, readers can engage with Piper’s work on a personal level, in a way that is not available in a regular gallery space.
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