“This is the only story of mine whose moral I know,” wrote Kurt Vonnegut in the introduction to Mother Night (1961). “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” In her latest exhibition of works at Freedman Fitzpatrick, Berliner Lucie Stahl showed us bullets pretending to be bears, boys soldiers, and fascists patriots. To supply a setting for these props and characters, Stahl pitched two rectangular tents with the markings of ammo boxes in the middle of the gallery, each titled after the bullet brand name emblazoned on its sides: American Eagle and Brown Bear, both 2017. The tents flaunted additional signage that proudly read MADE IN USA and MADE IN RUSSIA, respectively. Inside American Eagle sat a couple of World War II–era student chair desks with scratchy green cushions, and contemporary military magazines on the floor beside them. In the
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