International Light Art Project

Denzel T. Russell


töne des blau
Photo: Nana Tazuke


11.03.2020     Museum for Applied Arts Cologne (MAKK)
An der Rechtschule, 50667 Cologne

12-14.03.2020     The Chocolate Museum
Am Schokoladenmuseum 1a, 50678 Cologne

töne des blau
Construction site lighting, coloured filters


töne des blau is an installation by Denzel T. Russell merging light towers commonly used on constructions sites with different colored gels to highlight forgotten and not commonly known landmarks in Köln. The work draws reference from Russell’s experience growing up in New York where lighting has historically been used as a form of surveillance against people of color and those that reside in low-income communities. Russell pairs the light towers with various shades of blue, abstracting its original oppressive function as they are installed throughout the city.


Denzel T. Russell
born 1989 in Brooklyn, New York [us]
lives and works in Cologne [de]

since 2020

Diploma II, Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM)


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Alfred University, New York [us]


exhibitions (selecsted)


Rep Your Set, Galerie Norbert Arns, Köln


April 26, 2018, Keller Lichter (Gold+Beton), Köln
Batoz Ladder, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, New York
How the Other ½ Lived, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, New York


people sometimes, die, Edel Assanti, London [gb]

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