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NIKE — David Hallberg / I, David

For 20 years, Nike has partnered with emerging talent to explore innovation through creative collaboration. “Objects of Desire,” a new exhibition curated by Out of Order magazine (and its creative director Dorian Grinspan), celebrates this legacy through an exhibition of garments, photographs and video. Along with the retrospective of past campaigns, the exhibition also introduces a new one: “I, David.”

Featuring famed ballet dancer David Hallberg, “I, David” explores the notion of perseverance — perseverance both literally through Hallberg’s personal experience in overcoming physical injury and metaphorically by using the NikeLab ACG Poncho as an allegory for tenacity by pushing forward in the face of harsh conditions. Directed by Niclas Gillis, with a set design by artist James Casebere and choreography by Emery LeCrone, Hallberg evolves to the tune of an original cover of Claude Ely’s “Ain’t No Grave,” which, as the legend goes, Ely wrote while fighting, and eventually prevailing over tuberculosis at the age of 12 in 1934.

Images by James Casebere.

Images by James Casebere.

Dancer David Hallberg wears the NikeLab ACG Poncho

“A year and a half ago, I couldn’t even see one day ahead of me. Now I look back and see that silver lining is perseverance. It’s dedication. It’s a complete questioning of what your real purpose is," says Hallberg, a principal dancer for both the Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. "I really feel now that I’m not just a dancer, I’m an artist and I’m an athlete." - David Hallberg

The rest of the exhibition represents a diverse group of creative talent, including Liz Collins, Carlos Serrao, Nathaniel Goldberg and Nadav Kander, and each artist has played a distinct role in evolving the visual language of sport. Beyond, their partnership with Nike details the brand’s consistent drive to redefine the athletic landscape.

The film, along with the other collected works from Nike’s "Objects of Desire," reveals that through determination, resilience, strength and perseverance we can achieve our full human potential.

 Curated by out of Order Magazine, Dorian Examines Nike’s 20-year visual journey of past apparel campaigns through the lens of resilience, determination, and strength. Based on these pillars of athletic achievement, the curated selection includes artists such as Thierry LeGoues, David Sims, Billy Kidd, and Nathaniel Goldberg who have captured Nike athletes such as Serena Williams, Ashton Eaton, Allyson Felix, Kevin Durant to name a few.    Nike is in a unique position to inspire with sport on a new scale.  For this project, Nike taps into an emerging creative cast of individuals who are highly reliant within their own fields globally and within New York City. Each artist has their own creative projects that are at the heart of cultural conversations now.  BY bringing these creatives together at this time, we’re driving new conversations around sport while owning our unique stance at the crossroads of sport and culture.

Curated by out of Order Magazine, Dorian Examines Nike’s 20-year visual journey of past apparel campaigns through the lens of resilience, determination, and strength. Based on these pillars of athletic achievement, the curated selection includes artists such as Thierry LeGoues, David Sims, Billy Kidd, and Nathaniel Goldberg who have captured Nike athletes such as Serena Williams, Ashton Eaton, Allyson Felix, Kevin Durant to name a few.

Nike is in a unique position to inspire with sport on a new scale. For this project, Nike taps into an emerging creative cast of individuals who are highly reliant within their own fields globally and within New York City. Each artist has their own creative projects that are at the heart of cultural conversations now. BY bringing these creatives together at this time, we’re driving new conversations around sport while owning our unique stance at the crossroads of sport and culture.