THE CULTURE SERIES
The Culture Series is an art show that encompasses artwork by young artists of color who create pieces inspired by their culture and who they are as cultural people. The show spans all art forms, from painting and photography to dance and spoken word.
I spent my whole life learning about who I am, but now I can't really be me in a city that doesn't understand me. So that is kind of where the idea of The Culture Series initially came from. I'm an artist, filmmaker, so I thought, there has to be other artists that feel the same way I feel. I can't be the only one that feels this.
I plan to continue the series and take it to LA, DC, and especially to cities that have an underrepresented population of people of color.
The Culture Series: Primary is an exploration of color by Portland based artists of color. Like the previous The Culture Series art shows, this artistic gathering of culture and art aims to give artists of color a platform to express themselves and their creativity - this time, through color.
ELEMENTS OF MELANIN
The film that sparked the creation of The Culture Series was “Elements of Melanin,” which shows a variety of African Americans talking about why they are proud to be black, with responses ranging from the glow of their skin to the freeness of their hair to the depth and richness of the culture and resilience, warmth and culture.
It is a film all about self-love and black pride and especially after the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. We needed to be reminded how positive of people we are and how bright we are and how we are very diverse and we are not what you might see in the media and not these images that you might see.
To your right are three hoodies. Three articles of clothing that keep you warm and comfortable.
Nothing more, nothing less. So why is it that Black Americans are vilified when wearing these?
More importantly, how can we change this unfortunate perspective?
This interactive installation explores these questions through the narration of three Black Portlanders.
An interactive art installation that aims to eradicate the negative stereotypes and stigma that surround Black Americans who are unjustly victimized simply for wearing hoodies.
We built and fabricated three interactive hoodies. When each user wears one of the hoodies, an audio clip will play a story from the perspective of a Black American. There is a large hoodie, medium hoodie, and small hoodie. Each represent a different perspective in the black community. An older black man, a millennial black man, and there's a millennial black woman. You walk up, put the hood on, and essentially become that person and you hear their perspective on what they go through wearing a hoodie — their feelings they have while wearing a hoodie and the observations that they notice from communities.
I worked with a team from W+K and Nike (Jes Marquez, Kerry Kahn, Farin Nikdel, Claire Wilson, Jeredon O’Conner) to produce Hooded.
JDILLA DONUT PHOTO BOOTH
This piece is a tribute to JDilla (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006), legendary record producer and rapper who emerged from the 1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. We incorporated his last album "Donuts" into an edible photo booth experience.
I worked with a team from W+K (Jes Marquez, Farin Nikdel, Claire Wilson, Jeredon O’Conner) to produce JDilla Donut Photo Booth.
jDIlla interactive vinyl
JDilla sampled from many artist, from all genres. We wanted to show his ability to turn any genre of music into a hip hop hit and give a glimpse of his process. Upon pressing one donut (because JDilla loved donuts + his mixtape Donuts) you hear the original song "The Worst Band in the World" by 10cc. Following hearing this song, you press the half eaten donut and hear JDilla's reworking of the classic hit.