Multimedia Artist | Photographer
Thank you immensely, Ace Hotel Chicago.
What was an early watershed moment for you in relation to your practice?
My first art fair – the Spring Break Art Show in 2014 was a big deal for me.
Describe the first time you expressed your creative nature on a grand scale.
The first large scale installation I made was also at Spring Break Art Show in the year 2016. That was the first version of Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime.
Your exhibit, Jimmy's Thrift of New Davonhaime at Ace Hotel Chicago centers around the some of the most populous black cities in America (New Orleans, Detroit, Jackson, Birmingham, and Savannah.) What mental places did you visit to build this fictional thrift store in full-form?
I asked other people what they would want from a location that wasn’t the one they currently had via New Davonhaime postcards, so I suppose other people’s mental places.
How did you find archeological pieces (paintings, records, postcards) for the store?
The records, postcards and painted mirrors I made myself. If you can’t find it, make it. The other items come from donations, brown people’s homes or thrift stores.
What fuels your livelihood, and how do you see that relating to black culture?
What fuels my livelihood is trying to stay alive, which, unfortunately, has become a bedrock of Black culture as we are made to not be alive frequently, and have to fight to make that not true. Rest in Peace, Sister Wilson.
The show runs from June 22 until September 30, 2018 and you will be on site to open and close the thrift store opening weekend and closing weekend. What experience do you hope visitors leave the store with?
Hopefully they leave having heard some of the voices of the black and brown sisters and brothers who lent us their voices via the My First Time record series. Hopefully they got to look through the books and see what we look like then, now, and put together a vision of what we might look like moving forward. Hopefully, people leave with an idea of what it looks like when we use our language to describe what’s the haps, and how those haps can be applied to what is happening currently.