INTERVIEW: Opening of Fear Into Fire @ Columbia College Chicago.
Interview w/ WMUK 102.1 FM Lorraine Caron
Nicole Harrison is an independent curator, intellectual, artist and youth advocate. Her work span topics in Hip Hop culture, gender politics, youth and visual culture. She is dedicated to creating and exploring works that document the experiences of black men and women of the Hip Hop generation. Harrison investigates, through her scholarship and art practice, ways that African Americans (in the U.S) continue to use the arts as a platform for redefining their identities and combating their oppression through concentrated works in film, music and photography. More specifically, she is interested in the art of telling ones story through these various mediums.
In 2011, Harrison curated her first exhibition titled Fear Into Fire: Reclaiming Black Male Identity Through the Art of Tattooing. This exhibit was on display at Columbia College Chicago Arcade Gallery from late January 2011 to early March of 2011. In developing this show Harrison worked with photographers, Jamel Shabazz, Akintola Hanif, Shasta Bady and Jabari Zuberi. With their contribution, Fear into Fire was a huge success and carved out a groundbreaking and unique space for Harrison to rethink and re-imagine the black body in Hip Hop.
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