The display also features a group of works from his prominent ongoing series Soundsuits.
Cave crafted the first one in response to the 1992 Los Angeles police brutality episode towards Rodney King - since then, Cave has completed over 500 suits, varying in textures, materials, and colours. His work is visibly informed by African ceremonial attire, dance and choreography, fashion and cultural textiles. In the exhibition,
the costumes present as static sculptures, but they are also often used in performances. When on, Soundsuits
cover the wearer entirely: they create a second layer, a new dimension of existence. In this way, they camouflage one’s identity (i.e. race, gender, and class), avoiding “being racially profiled, being devalued, less than, dismissed"
This forces the beholder to suspend judgement and engage with the costume and costume-bearer in unusual ways. Soundsuits are wearable art that actively confronts discrimination by, quite literally, assuming new forms to reshape human interactions.