I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law

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I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law is an exhibition in San Francisco of more than 30 artists and collectives that challenge, question or circumvent the law through their work. Curated by Justin Hoover, I Am Crime touches on issues of equity—who gets to break the law, when, and why.

“True Crime,” a collaborative installation conceived by Critical Art Ensemble, invites any visitor to become part of the exhibition– click here for details.

In I Am Crime some artists’ criminal trespasses are virtual or accidental, while others contribute documentation of carefully planned civil disobedience. Still others exhibit the residue of artworks which have actually been intervened upon by the United States legal system.

Dreamers Adrift, a group founded by Jesus Iñiguez and Julio Salgado, approach illegality from a different angle. “Undocumented and Awkward,” a series of skits on video created by and for undocumented youth, highlights social inequalities faced by American immigrants.

SF GAte: “”This is art which sits at the intersection of cultural production and jurisprudence,” says curator Justin Hoover, who chose to steer clear of works that were sensational or illegal “in a showboating sort of way.” For Hoover, the point of the show was not the spectacle but rather the manner in which “individuals truly create art and discover tensions with the law.”

More than 20 artists access social issues in their work, including human rights and immigration law, the definition of public space and democratic protest. While many featured artists did not commit crimes, Hoover says, their work addresses the role of crime in society, “or poses a question of equity: Who is allowed to break the law, when, and why?”

I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law - Through April 19. Noon-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri. SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., S.F. (415) 863-1414. www.somarts.org.

Anonymous Artist Confesses Circumstances of Arrest

This video features the true confession of an artist connected with the upcoming exhibition, I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law.